Mammogram screenings are an important part of preventive health care for women, and can help detect and diagnose breast cancer in its early stages. Women who have had breast augmentation often have concerns about whether implants will interfere with screening, and whether mammograms are safe to undergo with implants. Knowing what to expect from mammograms if you have breast implants can help you stay safe and informed when it comes to detecting breast cancer.
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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here’s what you should know about mammograms after having breast augmentation.
Continue with regular mammogram screenings
Women with breast implants should continue to undergo routine mammogram screenings to detect breast cancer. Mammograms can still be effective at detecting breast cancer, even if some parts of your breasts may be difficult to see on behalf of implants. Talk to your women’s health doctor about how often you should have mammograms based on qualifying risk factors, your age, and personal health history.
Find a clinic that has experience working with breast implants
Before choosing just any clinic that performs mammograms, do research to find out whether the clinic’s staff has experience working with women who have had breast augmentation. Radiologists often take extra steps when treating women who have implants, such as taking additional photos to properly see all parts of your breasts. Start by asking your plastic surgeon whether he or she has any recommendations or referrals to radiologists who have experience working with implants.
Remind the technician that you have implants
Although you may have mentioned you have implants at the time you scheduled your mammogram, remind the staff that you have implants prior to beginning the screening. This allows the technician to take extra care when photographing your breasts to prevent implants from possible rupture. The radiologist will most likely request that extra photos be taken to properly examine your entire breasts.
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