The aim of screening is to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when there's the highest chance of successful treatment and full recovery.
Give yourself a pat on the back for taking this positive step for your health.
Some women may find the procedure painful. However, know that any discomfort will be over quickly – each compression only lasts up to 10 seconds. In total, the mammogram will last only a couple of minutes.
TIP: If you haven't gone through menopause, schedule your mammogram for the week after your period. You are most likely to experience breast tenderness before or during your period, and if you go for your mammogram then, it will only lead to more discomfort when the breast is being compressed.
If the pain is causing you worry, you could try taking a painkiller. Taking an aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen about an hour before your mammogram could ease the discomfort.
Also, know that it's alright for you to speak up if you're feeling anxious. When you are there, ask questions and raise any concerns you may have.
During the mammogram, let the radiographer know that you're feeling scared and you need her help to get through it. The radiographer will likely try to help make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Mount Elizabeth Hospitals offer a one-stop solution for all your breast screening, assessment and diagnostic needs at the Mount Elizabeth Breast Care Centre.
Our dedicated team of surgeons, radiologists, nurses and allied health professionals work closely to provide comprehensive and personalised care to support you through your breast health journey.