A mammography is a breast X-ray to detect cancer. It is the best screening procedure for breast cancer. Mammography is the only screening method that helps reduce the number of breast cancer deaths.
Mammography is available to all eligible women between the ages of 50 and 69 under the Québec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS).
All women eligible for the PQDCS should learn more about the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of mammography. Each can then decide in a more informed way whether to participate in the Program or not.
Some women may be concerned by the idea of having a mammogram. Here is some practical advice to prepare you:
These products can distort the images on your mammogram.
Mammograms are performed by medical technologists with mammography certification. In most cases, 2 X-rays are required for each breast – one frontal image and another of the side. Each breast is compressed between 2 plates for a few seconds while the X-ray picture is taken.
This procedure is uncomfortable for most women; some find it painful. The discomfort or pain usually subsides once the breast is no longer compressed.
Your mammogram is analyzed by a radiologist. There are 2 possible results:
If your mammogram was done under the PQDCS, you’ll receive a letter within a few days. This letter will include:
Your family doctor will also receive your mammography result. If you do not have a family doctor, a doctor associated with the Program will receive your results.
Last update: March 22, 2017 11:22 AM
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