Mammogram Screening in Singapore
Your doctor in Singapore might recommend mammography for breast screening.
Check out what to expect if it is your first time doing it.
What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast and is one of the best ways to detect breast cancer. We can’t stress enough the importance of early detection of cancer to increase the chances of successful treatment.
What happens during a mammogram?
- You will need to undress and stand upright.
- The radiographer will position your breast between the mammogram plates and compress it for a few seconds.
- During the compression she will quickly take an X ray of your breasts and then release the compression.
- This will be done twice for each breast, to obtain 2 different X ray views.
- These are compression from a slanted side to side angle (mediolateral oblique view) and compression from top to bottom (cranio- caudal view).
Preparing For Mammography
- Avoid putting products on your breasts. This includes creams, powders, or lotion.
- Let your specialist know if you have health conditions, previous breast surgery or breast implants.
Is a Mammogram the same as an Ultrasound?
No it is not. Ultrasound is a method that uses high frequency sound waves and provides a black and white visualization of your breast. This method doesn’t use radiation so it is safe even for pregnant women.
Who Needs To Undergo Mammography?
- In Singapore women between the ages of 40 to 49 should get a yearly mammogram.
- Women ages 50 and above should get it every two years.
- If you have a strong family history of breast cancer do discuss screening with your doctor. You may require other imaging methods and more frequent clinical examinations.