Planning for Your Mammogram After Breast Augmentation
More than 39,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2012 according to recent statistics released by the American Cancer Society. This information should be salient with all women, and particularly with women who have undergone breast augmentation.
Regular mammograms are the most effective way to detect instances of breast cancer in women. You should never have to sacrifice your health for beauty, which means women may need to take additional steps when seeking out regular mammograms after breast augmentation.
Mammograms must be performed in a special way for women after breast augmentation in order to see the breast tissue effectively. If performed incorrectly, it is possible for mammogram screenings to provide inaccurate results for these women. Factors such as implant placement, type of mammogram technique utilized and technician training and expertise can all affect the results of the mammogram.
According to ImplantInfo.com, women who have undergone breast augmentation should take certain precautions when seeking out mammograms. If you have breast implants, you can assure more accurate breast cancer screenings by following the steps below:
- Ask your plastic surgeon if he or she can give you a referral for your mammogram
- Verify that the staff is properly trained and certified to give mammograms
- Explain to the staff, prior to your appointment, that you have had breast augmentation
- If possible, request to work with a technician that has experience with breast implants
- Remind your technician that you have breast implants prior to your mammogram
In addition to regular mammograms, women with breast augmentation should follow the same breast care guidelines as women who do not have implants. Monthly self-examinations should be implemented, and mammograms should be performed at the recommended intervals – initiating at age 35 and then continuing annually after age 40.