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Your Mammogram Questions Answered: A Comprehensive FAQ for a Stress-Free Experience

Your Mammogram Questions Answered: A Comprehensive FAQ for a Stress-Free Experience

Welcome back to our special Pink October blog series at SportPort Active, where your health is as much a priority as offering you high-end women's activewear equipped with patented EMF-blocking technology. In a world where information is abundant but often conflicting, we understand how essential it is to provide accurate, easy-to-understand answers.

This FAQ is designed to demystify the mammogram experience and empower you with the knowledge you need. By doing so, we aim to eliminate the apprehension or confusion that often accompanies this vital procedure. After all, early detection is a critical factor in successfully treating breast cancer, and being well-informed is the first step in taking control of your health journey. Let's tackle those lingering questions you might have about the mammogram process.

1. What Is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray exam of the breast used to screen for and diagnose breast cancer.

2. How Long Does a Mammogram Take?

The entire procedure typically lasts around 20 minutes.

3. What Should I Wear?

Choose a comfortable two-piece outfit, you will only need to undress from the waist up.

4. Can I Wear Deodorant?

Avoid deodorants, antiperspirants, and lotions, as they can interfere with imaging.

5. Does the Procedure Hurt?

You may experience brief discomfort during breast compression.

6. Who Conducts the Mammogram?

A certified radiologic technologist performs the mammogram.

7. Is the Radiation Exposure Safe?

The radiation levels are very low and within safe guidelines.

8. What Happens During the Procedure?

Each breast will be compressed between two plates for X-ray imaging.

9. Do I Need to Prepare Mentally?

Yes, mental preparation can help ease the emotional toll.

10. How Often Should I Get a Mammogram?

Women aged 40-44 should consider annual mammograms; those 45-54 should get one every year, and those 55 and older should switch to biennial screenings or continue yearly ones. Consult your physician.

11. What are the Risks?

Mammograms have a small chance of false positives or negatives.

12. How Do I Choose a Mammogram Center?

Select a certified center with experienced staff and up-to-date technology.

13. Can I Eat or Drink Before the Procedure?

Yes, there are no dietary restrictions.

14. What If I'm Pregnant?

If you're pregnant or suspect you might be, consult your healthcare provider for alternative screening methods.

15. What If I Have Breast Implants?

Inform the mammography center in advance; special techniques may be needed.

16. When Will I Get the Results?

Results are generally available within 1-2 weeks.

17. What If I Get Called Back?

A callback often means more images or tests are needed, not necessarily that cancer is present.

18. What Does BI-RADS Mean?

Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) is a standardized system used in mammogram reports to categorize findings.

19. Can Men Get Mammograms?

Yes, men can get mammograms if they show symptoms like lumps or pain.

20. How Can I Stay Safe from EMF During Exercise?

SportPort Active patented EMF-blocking sports bras and sport bra tanks offer an added layer of safety against EMF exposure during workouts. Your health deserves the best, and SportPort Active is here to make sure you get it.

Be sure to follow us for the remaining parts of our comprehensive guide to mammograms this Pink October, only at SportPort Active!


Dr. Helen Margaret Johnson, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Lisa Bailey, Former President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Dr. Sarah Friedewald, Chief of Breast Imaging at Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center

Dr. Jennifer Litton, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center





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