Mammograms are an important part of preventive health care for women. This breast exam helps women regularly monitor their breast health and be proactive in identifying any potential concerns. Complete Women’s Care of Alabama provides baseline, screening and diagnostic mammograms at our Alabaster and Birmingham locations.
Our breast health specialists provide routine mammograms for women in all stages of life — in a manner which is calm, comfortable and informative. We use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure we consistently provide the best quality of care.
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast tissue, which helps your physician detect any tissue changes or abnormalities, and proactively screen for breast cancer.
While patients are encouraged to perform regular self-check breast exams at home, a mammogram provides a much more detailed view of breast tissue. Mammograms play a vital role in the early detection of a health condition, because they can identify abnormalities that are not always detectable by touch or outer appearance. When you schedule a breast health exam at Complete Women’s Care of Alabama, our care team will ensure you have a comfortable experience. We will ask you to let us know where and when any previous breast imaging has been completed. You can also expect:
- No long wait times – check in on your phone or at one of our kiosks
- New and returning patients are treated with dignity, compassion and respect
- We use only the best equipment and technologies for your breast exam
- Our care team will ensure you have a comfortable experience
- A breast health specialist will be available to discuss your questions and any concerns
“Who should get a mammogram?”
This type of breast exam is typically recommended for women who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- You are 40 years of age or older;
- You have a family history of breast cancer or other breast health conditions;
- You have new or changing symptoms in your breasts, such as: pain, discomfort, unusual skin appearance, change in size, discharge or a lump.
“How is a mammogram different from a self-check exam”
A self-check exam can be performed by a patient at home in less than 5 minutes — no appointment or special equipment necessary. Using physical touch to examine your breasts can serve as a first line of defense to help identify any potential concerns.
Our breast health specialists recommend performing regular self-exams to detect any changes in your breast(s), including:
- Swelling, pain, abnormal warmth or redness
- Change in texture, color, shape or size
- Any lumps
- Skin irritation
- Nipple discharge, other than breast milk
Please contact Complete Women’s Care of Alabama to make an appointment for a mammogram with a breast specialist if you are experiencing any of the above or have any questions or concerns.
“Are mammograms part of an annual well-woman visit?”
A mammogram can be included in your well-woman exam, depending on your age and/or medical history. Starting at age 40, you should receive a mammogram as part of your preventive care every 1-2 years, unless medical concerns present themselves earlier.
“How do you prepare for a mammogram?”
At your mammogram appointment, it is helpful to come prepared with your family health history and a list of any questions or concerns you would like to discuss with a breast health specialist before the exam. You should also let your care provider know when and where you have had any previous breast imaging completed, if applicable.
We recommend wearing something comfortable, as you will change into a paper gown for the mammogram. It is also helpful to refrain from wearing jewelry, deodorant and powders, which can disrupt X-ray imaging.
Schedule a Women’s Breast Health Exam in Alabama
Breast exams are essential for women’s health care. Whether you need an annual preventive screening or wish to discuss any concerns with a breast health specialist, you will find compassionate care near you at Complete Women’s Care of Alabama.
Our patient care team can answer any questions you may have regarding your health, navigating insurance, or learning more about our breast health services. We look forward to supporting you on your health journey.