About Screening

For some women (and symptomatic men), having a mammogram can be a daunting prospect. To dispel myths and ease apprehension about screening, Pink Ribbon has inserted a short film from YouTube below, which provides a first-hand look at the procedure.

THE PROCEDURE

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Before your appointment we will send you an Information and Consent form to fill out. Please bring it with you to your appointment. This can also be done at the centre on the day of your appointment. You will be welcomed by a Pink Ribbon staff member who will collect your forms and explain what happens at the Screening Centre.

A female Mammographer will take you into the X-ray room.

When you are ready and comfortable, the Mammographer will take two X-rays of each breast. Each X-ray only takes a few seconds. The Mammographer will then check that the pictures are not blurry and that all of your breast tissue is shown on the X-rays.

While the Mammogram is being taken, each breast will be compressed between two flat plates on the X-ray machine. Compressing the breast only lasts for a few seconds. Some women may experience discomfort, however, if you experience pain during the Mammogram, you should let the Mammographer know. You can also ask for the procedure to stop at any time. We recommend that you advise your Mammographer if you have sensitive breasts. She will work with you to make sure that the Mammogram is as comfortable as possible.

REDUCING THE CANCER RISK

RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendations

SCREENING & SELF-EXAMINATION

It is important to detect cancer early by conducting a regular Breast Self Examination and going for regular medical check-ups.
Find out how to conduct a Breast Self Examination; symptoms to be aware of; recommended age to commence a Breast Self Examination, how often to conduct them, as well as recommended medical check ups.
Symptom-free women from the age of 40, should go for a Mammogram, every year.
We urge women and female cancer Survivors to encourage one another to adopt a balanced lifestyle and to go for regular screenings in order to reduce their cancer risk or the recurrence of cancer & to detect cancer early.