As women age, changes in breast tissue often occur. Many of these changes are normal and not a sign of breast cancer, but the only way to know for sure is to get a screening. Mammograms help save thousands of lives each year and are nothing to fear. Learn more about mammo myths.
Below, a breast health expert shares simple tips to make a mammogram as comfortable as possible.
Schedule your mammogram
Fairview Breast Centers and mammography locations offer same-day screening appointments for mammograms. Screening mammograms don’t require a referral from your doctor; however, we’ll inform your primary-care physician of your results. Request an appointment below or call 612-672-1900. See a list of locations here.
All about mammograms
A mammogram is a breast X-ray to spot problems and help doctors decide overall breast health. You might be able to feel a breast lump that is about the size of a quarter, but a mammogram can often find a lump smaller than a pencil eraser. Using special equipment that presses the breast tissue, this test is fast and provides clear, high-quality X-ray images.
We recommend women develop a mammography plan with their care team by the age of 40.
Types of mammograms
- Screening mammograms are used to look for breast disease in women who don’t show any signs of breast problems. The exam generally takes 10 to 15 minutes.
- Diagnostic mammograms are used when women have symptoms such as breast lumps, pain or discharge. Fairview Breast Centers and select Fairview sites provide diagnostic mammograms. A radiologist customizes the exam for each patient depending on symptoms and findings. A doctor’s referral is required for this type of mammogram.
If a mammogram does find cancer, Fairview has the experts and latest advances to help you beat the diagnosis. Read survivor stories here.