National Mammography Day
National Mammography Day is an annual event on the third Friday of October each year when women are encouraged to schedule mammograms so that their breasts can be examined.
This year, on October 20th, don't miss the opportunity to prioritize your breast health. Why is this so important? According to the Centers of Disease Control, maintaining excellent breast health is essential to prevent and detect breast cancer early. Studies have shown that routine mammography can lower breast cancer mortality rates by detecting cancer at an early, more treatable stage.
If you're looking to schedule an appointment for a mammography, here are some tips to help you prepare for the procedure:
Try to schedule your mammography during the first two weeks of your menstrual cycle, as breasts tend to be less tender during this time.
Wear a two-piece outfit on the day of your mammogram because it makes it much more convenient to disrobe for the examination, which is essential for positioning and compressing the breast during the mammogram images.
Avoid using deodorant, antiperspirant, lotion, or powder on your breasts or underarms on the day of your mammography.
Inform the technologist if you have any breast-related concerns or if you have previously had breast surgery or mammograms in the past.
Early detection remains key, so spread the word about National Mammography Day and schedule your mammogram today.