If you have been invited to, or are due for your regular breast screening appointment, it’s time to attend. While we may still face a difficult road ahead of us with the coronavirus pandemic, breast cancer doesn’t wait, and neither should you.
1 in 8 women in Europe will get breast cancer by the age of 851
You may be feeling a little apprehensive about your appointment. It’s natural to feel a bit nervous, and the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic might be increasing your concerns.
Firstly, it’s important to know that healthcare providers are taking all necessary precautions to make sure breast screening is as safe as possible. The clinical staff will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and all areas will be sanitised between screening sessions. Social distancing will be in place where possible.
There are some measures you should take when attending a mammogram:
The breast screening itself usually takes about 5 minutes, with the full visit taking about 30 minutes. When you arrive, you will be asked for your name and date of birth to check your identity before being taken to a cubicle. You may then be given a gown and will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up before your x-rays are taken.
The mammographer will position you correctly one breast at a time between two plates on the machine. These plates apply pressure gently, but firmly. Some women may feel some discomfort due to the pressure applied, but this part of the procedure should only last a few seconds. Stay as still as possible, as this will help your mammographer to get a clear image; they may give you some breathing exercises to help prevent you from moving.
Routinely, four images will be taken in total, two per breast. However, if you have larger breasts or breast implants, your mammographer may take additional images.
You will not receive your result on the day, but you should expect to hear back within two weeks of your appointment. Ask your mammographer how quickly you should expect to hear from them.
WEB-01101-GBR-EN Rev 001 ©2020 Hologic, Inc. All rights reserved. Hologic, The Science of Sure, and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks and product names are the property of their respective owners.
References: 1.Europa Donna, Breast Cancer Facts, https://www.europadonna.org/breast-cancer-facs/ website accessed on 25 September 2020 2.NHS, Breast cancer screening, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/why-its-offered/ website accessed on 25 September 2020 3.WHO position paper on mammography screening, https://www.who.int/cancer/publications/mammography_screening/en/ website accessed on 25 September 2020
You are about to access medical systems information on the Hologic 3Dimensions™ Mammography System European Website. Product availability differs by region and country and is subject to varied regulatory requirements.
I am a Health Care Professional or similar.