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If you’re gearing up for your very first mammogram, it’s entirely normal to feel a bit jittery.

Look, mammograms are your secret weapon in the battle against breast cancer. They’re basically X-rays of your breasts and can spot any sketchy cells way before you notice anything wrong. This heads-up means we’ve got a much better shot at kicking cancer to the curb.

I know it sounds scary but think about it this way: knowledge is power, right? The more info we have about what’s going on inside our bodies, especially with something as serious as breast cancer, the more prepared we’ll be to fight back.

So don’t sweat it too much! We’re here to help make sense of all this stuff and get you ready for your first screening. Understanding what’s happening can really take some weight off your shoulders.

Remember how books turn into movies and we picture scenes while reading? Well think of early screening like a trailer—it gives an early peek so you can act before the full story unfolds.

1. When to Get Started

The age to start mammograms can vary, it’s generally around 40. But listen, if you’ve got a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, chat with your doctor to figure out the best timeline for you. The earlier you catch this beast, the better shot you’ve got at knocking it out. It’s all about early detection.

2. Getting Ready for the Big Day

On the morning of your mammogram, wear comfy clothes. Oh, and skip the deodorant, powder, or lotion on your chest. They can mess with the X-ray screening. If you can, schedule your appointment for a time when your breasts are less tender, typically a week after your period.

3. The Nitty-Gritty of the Procedure

During the mammogram, your breast gets placed one at a time between two plates and slightly compressed for a few seconds. Yep, it can be a bit awkward with a tiny bit of discomfort for a short time, but it’s totally worth it. Trust us; it’s not as bad as it sounds!

4. Waiting for Results

After your mammogram, a radiologist will check out the pics. Most times, you’ll hear back within a few days. And remember, most mammograms come back A-okay, so keep those fingers crossed.

Don’t Stress

Should your mammogram results throw up a red flag, stay cool. Your healthcare pro will talk you through what happens next, which might include more tests or extra scans.


If you have any questions or need some extra knowledge about mammograms? No sweat! Talk to your healthcare pro at Bergman Ross – they have loads of useful resources to find what you’re looking for.

The process takes around 15 minutes, less time than you would spend at the grocery store. So, don’t let your dread of the mammography results prevent you from getting this vital, albeit routine, exam. Your health is important, and by taking this step, you’re showing it the love it deserves. We’re cheering for you all the way!