Myths and Facts

Breast Screening Explained

What is Breast Screening?

Breast screening (mammography) is an X-ray examination of the breasts
Breast screening can show breast cancer at an early stage, when they are too small for you or your doctor to see or feel

Why do I need Breast Screening?

Breast screening can help find small changes in the best it shows up.
Early detection of breast cancer offers the best chance of successful treatment, which significantly improves a woman’s chance of survival.

Does Breast screening prevent breast cancer?

No, Breast screening only helps find breast cancer if it is already there

It is safe to have a Mammogram?

Mammography involves a tiny dose of radiation-the risk to your health from this is insignificant. The radiation dose is same as receiving dental x-ray

What should I wear?

It may be easier to wear separate top as you will have to undress to waist. Please do not use deodorant or talcum powder on the day you go for Breast screening as this may affect the Mammogram.
only helps find breast cancer if it is already there

Will the procedure hurt?

Some women find the procedure uncomfortable and few may find it painful. With Full field Digital Mammography at the Breast Centre in KIMS, the pressure applied & radiation delivered would be significantly less, and hence, discomfort would be minimal. The pressure will only last for a few seconds. If you do experience pain, it usually only lasts for long as the procedure takes.

What if I need treatment?

If you are diagnosed with Breast cancer, finding it early gives the best chance of successful treatment.

Please refer to booklets published by Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation in partnership with Breast Cancer Care, UK that deal with all aspects of breast cancer in simple, easy to understand format.

The aim of this booklet is to empower women affected with breast cancer in India so that they could be better informed, better prepared & more importantly feel more in control at every stage of their treatment.

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