Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What to Prepare and Expect Before Getting a Mammogram

Earlier this month, I posted a giveaway for a free 3D Tomosynthesis Mammogram at Health Cube because I really wanted to encourage other women, especially those who NEED to undergo the procedure, to be proactive when it comes to our health.

I underwent the procedure myself because I don't want to take chances. I've learned years ago that when it comes to our wellbeing, it is better to get diagnosed early with whatever medical condition we have rather than find out about it too late and be needing intensive and more costly treatments. 

a bit nervous but ready for mammo
Prior to your mammogram appointment, here are reminders from Ms. Tes Mendoza of Health Cube Advanced Medical Imaging Unit:
  1. Do not apply deodorant, perfume, and/or powder on your underarm and near your breast
  2. Undergo the procedure 7 to 10 days AFTER the first day of menstruation to minimize discomfort
  3. If you underwent a previous mammogram/breast ultrasound before, please bring the results
  4. Wear a top with skirt or pants instead of a dress
mammo technicians' monitoring area
I took note of all those (especially #2) before I scheduled my mammogram. At the day of the procedure, I asked my husband to come with me for emotional support. Admittedly, I had some apprehensions since two of my aunts have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, both are now in remission thanks to early detection.

We very much appreciated it that the friendly Health Cube staff allowed him to go inside the examination room to take some photos and be present while the procedure was ongoing. They just required him to wear a protective outfit to minimize exposure to radiation.

with Doc Sherry
I am sure, by now, many of my female readers are wondering about the pain level. I'd say it was around 8/10 but it lasts for only a few seconds while the breast is being scanned. The technicians (all women), took a total of four images (top and side views) so, yeah, my breasts each got squeezed twice 😁

Two days later, we went back to Health Cube to have my results interpreted by Dr. Sherry Lee. I loved how she patiently answered all my questions and gave very clear explanations especially about a lymph node in my left breast that has been causing me some discomfort during my periods. 

aside from a printout and big black film, Health Cube gives the results in a CD
My result indicated "no suspicious mammographic findings" so that was a relief! If you need more convincing about undergoing a mammogram NOW, please read my article, Facts and Myths About Breast Cancer That Every Filipina Must Know.

For inquiries and other information about the 3D Tomosynthesis Mammogram, please visit or call 650-2222.


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