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How To Make A Diagnostic Mammogram Less Painful
A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more
Yes but not for long: A woman's breast is squeezed as flat as possible for a couple seconds while the x ray is taken. It hurts, but it doesn't last long. Most women have no problem tolerating it. It shouldn't keep you from having it done if your doctor recommends it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bearable: A screening mammogram is a process that takes <15 minutes. Your breast is compressed and flattened. 1 image is taken. Then your breast is repositioned and another image is taken. This whole process is repeated for the other breast. The compression is what makes the mammogram uncomfortable. However it is bearable. Try to have it done when your breasts are not sore. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mammo: The tech will ask you to stand facing the mammo machine, and place one breast at a time on a flat surface.A flat compression paddle will gently be lowered to compress your breast. Compression spreads out the breast tissue and eliminates motion.The compression may be uncomfortable,but shouldn't hurt. Compression usually lasts no more than a few seconds. 2 views of each breast are obtained. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there such a thing as a painless mammogram for big chested women who find a regular mammogram to be painful?
Minor discomfort: Mammograms are uncomfortable for all women for a few seconds. If you normally have painful breasts then an over the counter pain med (tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil) can be taken 1 hour before your mammogram appointment to help with the discomfort. Mammograms are live saving so please do not skip it! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a negative mammogram but it caused a large, painful lump which isn't going away. Could it be cancer?
Just diagnosed with asymmetrical breast tissue. Mammogram looked different from last year, breast is painful, should I be worried? What can it be.?
Breast asymmetry: Breast asymmetry is common. If it is very different from previous then a repeat in 6 month if nothing else is found. If your breast is painful then have your doctor check them. Breast congestion can cause pain. Hot compresses can help open up the ducts and relieve the congestion. An exam by your doctor will clarify what may be doing on. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a painful, golf ball sized mass in my upper right breast. I have not had a mammogram in two years. Who should I call first?
Your PCP: Start with your primary care provider. S/he should be able to evaluate the lesions and may prescribe treatment if it could be infection, and then decide on the course of action. ...Read more
Have had a reoccuring hard lump in my right nipple, three times, with discharge, very painful, tingling feeling. Have had a normal mammogram what todo?
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