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Laura Dreier Breast Center at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix strongly believes mammograms are the key to fighting breast cancer.

All mammograms done at our center use digital mammography.

We follow the the American Cancer Society guidelines to encourage women to get their mammograms at the appropriate time.

For women ages 40 or older:

  • Clinical breast exams every year
  • Breast self-exam every month
  • Mammogram every year.

For women ages 20-39:

  • Clinical breast exam every three years
  • Breast self-exam every month
  • Earlier screening guidelines may be recommended depending on your personal risk factors.

What are Mammograms?
Mammography is a series of X-rays that shows images of the soft tissues of the breast. It is a valuable procedure that can detect breast cancer early, as much as two years before a lump can be felt.

Mammography is a quick and generally painless test that usually takes less than 15 minutes, depending on the number of individual X-ray views required.

It is not uncommon to find an abnormality on a mammogram that requires additional larger images of the area in question or an ultrasound to visualize the abnormal area. Most abnormalities found during a mammography are not cancer.

A screening mammogram is indicated annually for women with no symptoms who are at least 40 years of age, unless there is a high risk for breast cancer. 

A diagnostic mammogram should be regarded as a request for a diagnostic consultation with our radiologist when you are experiencing a breast concern or have a history of breast cancer. Symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump or thickening in the breast, nipple discharge, or dimpling of the skin on one area of the breast.

How do I prepare for a mammogram?
If you have previously had a mammogram done at another facility, have the films sent or bring them with you to your examination. Tell your health care professional if you:

  • Are or might be pregnant. A mammogram is not recommended for routine screening during pregnancy.
  • Are breastfeeding. A mammogram may not provide clear results in breasts that contain milk.
  • Have breast implants. Breast implants require a modified mammogram method.
  • Have previously had a breast biopsy. Knowing the location of scar tissue will help the radiologist read your mammogram accurately.

On the day of the mammogram, do not use any deodorant, perfume, powders, or ointments on your breasts. The residue left on your skin by these substances may interfere with the X-rays.

You may want to have your mammogram done within two weeks after your menstrual period ends. The procedure will be more comfortable, especially if your breasts become tender before your period starts.

If you have very tender breasts, you may want to ask your doctor about taking Tylenol or Advil one hour before you are scheduled for your mammogram. Also, avoid drinking anything containing caffeine for two days before having your mammogram done. This also helps to reduce breast tenderness.


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Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 839-2000
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