Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mammography Centre

Pusat Wanita Toh Puan Datin Khadijah

Charges: RM60
Monday - Friday, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm
Call Rebecca/Noriah at 04-2614 140

Mammogram - early breast cancer detection
  • Mammogram is a simple X-ray of breast tissue.
  • It is done by a trained female radiographer.
  • The films are read by a radiologist for any breast abnormality.
  • A baseline mammogram is advisable between the ages of 35 and 40.
  • A mammogram every 1 to 2 years till age 50 and then annually.
  • If you have a family history of breast cancer or you notice any breast changes, consult a medical professional regarding a need for mammogram and clinical breast examination.

Why do I need a Mammogram?
  • A mammogram makes it possible to see developing tumours long before they can be felt by you or your doctor.
  • It can detect other changes in breast tissue that could represent a sign of early breast cancer.
  • When breast cancer is detected early, chances of cure is much higher.

Signs to look for

  • A lump or thickening anywhere in the breast or changes in size of the breast.
  • Skin dimpling or puckering of the breast.
  • A nipple that is pulled in (inverted) which has not always been that way.
  • Discharge from the nipple or rash around nipple.
  • Any change in shape of the breast or colour of the skin over the breast.
  • Pain (uncommon)

Preparing for a Mammogram

  • For your convenience wear a two piece outfit, a top with a skirt or slacks.
  • Do not apply deodorant, perfume, lotion or powder under your armpit or breast as they may show on the film and interfere with the result.
  • Schedule your mammogram when your breasts are less sensitive, during or after menstruation not before it.
  • Bring along your previous mammogram. These are necessary to assist in the interpretation of the current mammogram.
Note: from NCSMPg's Mammography pamphlet