About Your Mammogram

  • Breast Cancer Ribbon - ThinkstockPhotos-463323631Age and Frequency - Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of their regular health check-up every 3 years.
  • Timing - It's best to schedule your mammogram about a week after your menstrual period. Your breasts won't be as tender or swollen, which means less discomfort during the exam.
  • What to Wear - Please wear a 2-piece outfit because you will need to remove your clothing from the waist up. 
  • What Not to Use - Do not apply deodorant, anti-perspirant, powder, lotion or ointment on or around your chest on the day of your mammogram. These products can appear as white spots on the exam.
Resources: 
  • www.cancer.org/research/infographicgallery/7mammogramtips
  • www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/moreinformation/breastcancerearlydetection/breast-cancer-early-detection-acs-recs