Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is now offering the Woman’s Touch MammoPad breast cushion that was designed to help make mammograms more comfortable for women. The soft, foam cushion is placed on the mammography machine to provide a warm cushion for the breast during compression.
Many women find mammograms to be uncomfortable. Some women allow their fear of pain to prevent them from getting an annual mammogram. The single-use MammoPads may help alleviate that fear and encourage more women to get an annual screening mammogram.
Who needs a screening mammogram and why?
A screening mammogram is an X-ray examination of the breast in a woman who has no breast complaints. The goal is to find the cancer in an earlier, more treatable stage. A screening mammogram takes two X-ray pictures of each breast.
Mammography is the best tool available at this time for detecting breast cancer in its earlier, more treatable stages. While mammograms have limitations and may miss some cancers, it remains a valuable tool in the fight against breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society recommends that most women begin receiving annual screening mammograms at age 40. In addition to screening mammograms, women should perform a breast self examination monthly beginning in their 20s.
Women in their 20s and 30s should receive a clinical breast exam by a health care professional every three years. After age 40, women should have an annual clinical breast exam.
Tips for Having a Good Quality Mammogram
- Find out if the mammogram facility is FDA-certified and accredited by the American College of Radiology. These organizations help ensure that the facility meets high standards.
- On the day of the examination, do not wear deodorant which may interfere with the mammogram by appearing on the X-ray film as calcium spots.
- If your breasts are tender the week before your period, you should avoid mammograms at this time. The best time to have a mammogram is one week after your period.
- Describe any breast symptoms or problems that you have having to the technologist who performs the mammogram. You should also be prepared to discuss any pertinent history including previous surgeries, hormone use, family or personal history of breast cancer.
To Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, call Hilton Head Medical Center at 843-689-8121. The mammography units at Hilton Head Medical Center and at the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center are accredited by the FDA and by the American College of Radiology.