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Learn About Mammograms

A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt.

General Questions

What does having a mammogram feel like?

Having a mammogram is uncomfortable for most women. Some women find it painful. A mammogram takes only a few moments, though, and the discomfort is over soon. What you feel depends on the skill of the technologist, the size of your breasts, and how much they need to be pressed. Your breasts may be more sensitive if you are about to get or have your period. A doctor with special training, called a radiologist, will read the mammogram. He or she will look at the X-ray for early signs of breast cancer or other problems.

When will I get the results of my mammogram?

You will usually get the results within a few weeks, although it depends on the facility. A radiologist reads your mammogram and then reports the results to you or your doctor. If there is a concern, you will hear from the mammography facility earlier. Contact your health care provider or the mammography facility if you do not receive a report of your results within 30 days.

What happens if my mammogram is normal?

Continue to get mammograms according to recommended time intervals. Mammograms work best when they can be compared with previous ones. This allows the radiologist to compare them to look for changes in your breasts.

What happens if my mammogram is abnormal?

An abnormal mammogram does not always mean that there is cancer. But you will need to have additional mammograms, tests, or exams before the doctor can tell for sure. You may also be referred to a breast specialist or a surgeon. It does not necessarily mean you have cancer or need surgery. 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.

Do men get breast cancer?

Yes. Men can develop breast cancer, because they have breast tissue.  According to American Cancer Society, about 2,550 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. For men, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

Where can I get a mammogram

For Residents of Knoxville, TN we work closely wth the Universtity of Tennessee Cancer Institue. They can be reached at 865-305-6055. The facility is located at: Medical Building F, 1926 Alcoa Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920

For all other visitors, check your local area. Our Mammogram Screening will work for most medical providers.

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The American Breast Cancer Support Association provides free mammograms to at risk, low income, uninsured and under-insured populations.  This program is not available in the following states: Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Iowa and Oregon.

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