National Mammography Day

Comprehensive Cancer Centers supports and appreciates the efforts surrounding National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Our team of physicians and breast cancer surgeons are committed to help empower women to take charge of their own breast health. This is accomplished by encouraging regular self-breast exams, doctor visits and having annual mammograms as recommended by their healthcare providers.

Something new to 2021, with regard to encouraging and helping women secure needed mammograms, comes from the oncology practice’s recently launched Mammo Cup Patch initiative. Comprehensive Cancer Centers teamed up with Vegas Golden Knights’ defenseman Shea Theodore to create the Mammo Cup, as part of Kay’s Power Play program, to raise awareness about preventative measures and screening exams.

The design is inspired by playoff patches that don the jerseys of the teams that fight their way to the Finals each year. The Mammo Cup initiative strives to get as many Southern Nevada women as possible to have their annual mammograms. At designated locations and after completing their mammogram, any and all Southern Nevada women may receive a limited edition and specially designed Mammo Cup patch that they may don on their favorite Golden Knights jersey or keepsake. As part of the Mammo Cup patch program, anyone who completes their annual mammogram is a true champion.

As of September 1, the Mammo Cup patch has been available for those completing their annual mammogram at select locations throughout the valley including Breast Center at Sunrise, Desert Radiology, Desert View Hospital, Nevada Health Centers Mammovan, Pueblo Medical Imaging, Simon Med Imaging, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging and Summerlin Hospital. Patches are available while supplies last.

Kay’s Power Play is also offering to help pay for mammograms for those in need. To learn more about these potential opportunities, click here.

What is a Mammogram and How Do They Work?

A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Physicians use mammograms to detect early signs of breast cancer. Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early as sometimes it can take up to three years before it can be felt through a self-exam.

If you’re not sure how the process works, the following steps outline the process:

  • Determine Need: Be sure that you need one by working with your primary care physician to determine if age, health history or any other factors necessitate you getting a mammogram (*more on this later in the story).
  • Scheduling: If you do need a mammogram, try not to schedule it the week before you get your period or during your period as your breasts may be tender or swollen.
  • Be Prepared: On the day of your mammogram, don’t wear deodorant, perfume, or powder. These products can show up as white spots on the X-ray.
  • What to Wear: Some women prefer to wear a top with a skirt or pants, instead of a dress. You will need to undress from your waist up for the mammogram.
  • Ask Questions: If you have questions during the process, from scheduling to completing a screening, be sure to ask. Everyone you work with is there to help.

When Should Women Get Mammograms?

Women should continue to get mammograms according to recommended time intervals as they work best when compared with previous scans which allows radiologists to compare them to look for changes. Comprehensive’s breast surgery team recommends women generally adhere to the following guidelines, working in conjunction with their primary care physicians to determine the need for a mammogram:

  • Women ages 35: Family history of breast cancer or other cancers
  • Women ages 40: Baseline reference mammograms
  • Women age 40+: Mammograms every year

Abnormal Mammograms

An abnormal mammogram does not always mean that there is cancer. If abnormal results do present, you will need to have additional mammograms, tests, or exams before the doctor can tell for sure. You may also be referred to a Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ breast specialist or breast surgeon. A referral does not necessarily mean you have cancer or need surgery, but these doctors are experts in diagnosing breast problems. Doctors will do follow-up tests to diagnose breast cancer or to find that there is no cancer.

Be sure to make part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month finding out when you need a mammogram and getting one set up, if you do. If you do and you get your Mammo Cup Patch, be sure to share it with friends to encourage them to get screened, as well.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for breast cancer including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and world-class clinical research and immunotherapy.  To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

 

The content in this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.