169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY
Phone: 607-798-6161 • Fax: 607-798-6111
Things to Consider When Scheduling Your Mammogram
- To reduce discomfort, schedule your mammogram appointment for
the week after your period. Breasts are less likely to be tender
after your period. Breasts are usually most tender the week before
and the week of your period.
- Talk to your health care provider about your medical history.
Discuss family or personal history of breast cancer and information
about any breast surgeries. Be sure to mention any changes you have
noticed in your breasts. Your health care provider will also need
to know if you are pregnant or if you think you might be
Things to Do Before Your Mammogram Appointment:
- If you are a new patient at the Breast Care Center, feel free
to visit the center before your appointment. Visiting the Center
before your appointment will allow you to familiarize yourself with
the Center and staff. This visit may help ease any anxiety you may
feel about your mammogram appointment.
- If you have had mammograms in the past and are a new patient at
Lourdes, bring reports and films from previous mammograms to your
appointment. You can also have these reports and films forwarded to
the Breast Care Center prior to your appointment. This will allow
staff the opportunity to review all of your information.
- Reduce your intake of products containing caffeine, such as
chocolate, coffee, and soda, three to four days before your
appointment. Caffeine can cause breast tenderness. Caffeine
can also aggravate breast cysts or create lumpiness that may
increase the amount of discomfort you feel during your
Things to Do the Day of Your Mammogram Appointment:
- Avoid the use of powders, lotions, perfumes, and deodorants
under your arms and on/around the breast area. Substances such as
aluminum and other metals found in some of these products can cause
conflicting results on your mammogram.
- Wear a two piece outfit to your appointment. This will allow
you to remove only the clothing necessary (shirt and bra) to
perform the mammogram. You may want to consider wearing a button-up
shirt/blouse to allow for easier removal.
- If you wear jewelry, wear items you can remove easily. You may
be required to remove certain jewelry, such as necklaces or
earrings, during your mammogram.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen
or ibuprofen, about an hour before your appointment. Such
medications may help reduce the amount of discomfort you feel
during your mammogram.
- Do your best to relax during your mammogram. Tensing or shaking
may cause you to move slightly, which may require additional set up
or cause a blurry image.