Studies reveal that over 16% of Indian women of the age group 40-60 are at risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Further, delayed detection can result in 1 of every 22 women developing breast cancer in India. 1 The best way to detect breast cancer early is to go for regular breast screening exams. At Apollo Clinic, we consistently emphasise the importance of preventive screening and check-ups to ensure that your breasts are healthy.
What is Mammography?
The first stage of breast screening is called a mammogram. A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of each breast used to identify tumours and other abnormalities. Mammography testing is accepted widely as one of the most effective methods of breast cancer detection. Early detection also helps in improving the chances of survival.
How is Mammography conducted?
A mammography test is a relatively simple procedure. You will be asked to remove your clothes from the waist up. Your breasts will then be placed on a resting plate, and a compression device would be applied. Though the compression causes slight discomfort, it is necessary to produce accurate images of the breast tissue. The discomfort is temporary, is not dangerous and does not cause any damage to the breast tissue. Typically, the technologist takes two views of each breast. Once the films are developed, these radiographs are checked by the technicians for clinical accuracy before you leave. The films are then viewed by radiologists who have specialised training in the interpretation of breast images. Depending on the results of the mammography images, you may be asked to go for additional imaging such as MRI or Ultrasound.
How can we help?
At Apollo Clinic, we strongly recommend that women in their 20s and 30s should get a mammogram screening every three years while women in their 40s and 50s should get one every two years .
We use state-of-the-art equipment, follow stringent protocols and have the most skilled doctors, radiologists, technologists, nurses and support staff to make sure that every mammogram screening investigation and result is accurate.
At Apollo Clinic, we firmly believe that preventive health care is the best measure you can take to safeguard your health. To this end, regular mammography tests are one of the best steps you can take towards preventing breast cancer. We are well-equipped with the requisite skill and infrastructure to conduct mammography tests with minimal convenience and high accuracy.