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What is mammography?

Mammography is a type of x-ray carried out in a device called a mammography machine, which compresses the breast and generates high-quality images capable of revealing early signs of breast cancer. The compression of the breast is necessary for the mammary gland tissue to be properly spread out and for any nodules and microcalcifications to be revealed and the examination to be effective.
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About mammography

Does mammography hurt?

The eventual discomfort that may happen is totally bearable and should not be a barrier for women to stop doing the examination, as it is fundamental for obtaining a diagnosis still at an early stage of the disease.

Types of mammography

  • Screening mammography
  • Digital Mammography
Screening mammography

Mammography can be screening, performed to detect any breast lesions early, even before the patient or doctor can notice them, or it can be diagnostic, used to determine any changes in relation to previous routine or screening exams. When it's just a screening test, images are taken of each breast from two different angles, while when it's a diagnostic mammogram it can include additional images or be accompanied by other complementary tests.
Digital Mammography

With the advance of technology, digital (computerized) mammography has emerged. This exam is similar to the conventional one in that it uses X-rays to produce the images, but the system converts the image into a digital photo that can be viewed on the computer monitor. With this new technology, exams have become faster and benefit both patients and radiologists, who have the possibility of handling the image on the computer.

Best time to have a mammogram

Preferably the exam should be carried out a week after menstruation, when the breasts are less sensitive. On the day of the exam, it is not recommended to use cream, talc or deodorant.

Mammography is performed by a radiology technician, who positions the patient's breast in the mammography machine. The images are evaluated by a radiologist who issues a report. Early diagnosis of the disease allows for less aggressive treatment and a greater chance of cure. Don't forget to have your mammogram as prescribed by your doctor.

Very important: if you've had a mammogram before, don't forget to take it with you for comparison.
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Why is early diagnosis important?

When breast cancer is detected early, the chances of curing the disease are up to 95%.

That's why one of our pillars is to bring the possibility of early diagnosis to socially vulnerable women who don't have access to mammography. That's why you can check our calendar of activities to find out about the availability and locations of free tests.
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