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Schedule your mammogram today!
You've likely heard the jokes about ways to prepare for a mammogram, but most women will admit a mammogram is not nearly as uncomfortable as they feared. This life-saving screening lasts just a few minutes and shouldn't be avoided.

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
 
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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.

 
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