MEDFORD, Ore. -- Medical professionals agree that a mammogram is the best way to identify breast cancer.
It can make a big difference in catching the disease at its earliest stages and that can impact the outcome.
Going into the exam room, people can’t wear deodorant, lotion, or powders because they can be a barrier to an accurate image.
The nurse works quickly, helping to position the patient’s arm, shoulder and other body parts.
The machine starts increasing the pressure and the patient is asked to hold their breath to minimize movement. Then, it’s over.
Most women get four images. The process takes about two minutes.
The exam is read within a few weeks and a letter is sent to the patient.