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Breast cancer screenings are routine procedures to check breast health before there are any symptoms of a problem.
Because breast cancer may have no symptoms in the early stages, screenings can catch the problem when treatment has the best chance for a good outcome. Your doctor will consider your age, medical history and other risk factors in determining the type and frequency of breast cancer screenings.
Early detection is key to beating breast cancer. You are recommended to have a regular mammogram starting at age 40. Younger women with a family history or other risk factors should consult their doctor.
Types of breast cancer screening tests include:
Before your appointment, remove any of these products from the breast area because they can cause non-diagnostic images to show on the mammogram:
Digital mammography is quicker, with an improved paddle design that lessens discomfort. An over-the-counter pain reliever taken one hour before the exam may be beneficial.
Try to relax during your exam. Being nervous or tensing muscles can stress the chest muscles, which may add to discomfort.
Expect to receive your mammogram results by mail within 30 days. You may use your secure and convenient My Marshfield Clinic account to receive results faster.
If you should have questions regarding your results or need follow up care, please contact your primary care physician.
Others have breast cancer treatments, but none have a team of breast cancer specialists in your backyard like Marshfield Clinic Health System.
If you are a woman and older than 40, you should have a mammogram every year. We have mobile health screening units that travel throughout Wisconsin.
We support many community events that provide education and training about breast cancer screenings.
Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams once a month.