What Is a Mammogram and When Should I Get One?

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Where can I get a mammogram and who can I talk to if I have questions?

If you have a regular doctor, talk to him or her.

Call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service (CIS) at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). For TTY: 1-800-332-8615.

For Medicare information, you can call 1-800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a program called the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which works with health departments and other groups to provide low-cost or free mammogramslow-cost or free mammograms to women who qualify. Find out if you qualify.

Tips for getting a mammogram—

Try not to have your mammogram the week before you get your period or during your period. Your breasts may be tender or swollen then.

On the day of your mammogram, don't wear deodorant, perfume, or powder. These products can show up as white spots on the X-ray.

Some women prefer to wear a top with a skirt or pants, instead of a dress. You will need to undress from your waist up for the mammogram.

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