The Importance of Mammography Screening: Early Detection Saves Lives

Learn about the importance of mammography screening and early detection of breast cancer at Garden Mammography Center, a branch of Garden OB/GYN, in Lake Success and Brooklyn, NY.

The Importance of Mammography Screening: Early Detection Saves Lives


Mammography is a critical tool in the fight against breast cancer. This imaging technology allows for the early detection of breast abnormalities, significantly improving the chances of successful treatment. At Garden Mammography Center, a branch of Garden OB/GYN, we are committed to providing top-notch mammography services to women in Lake Success, Brooklyn, and the surrounding areas. In this post, we’ll discuss the importance of mammography screening, what to expect during the procedure, and why regular screenings are vital for women over 50 or those who are menopausal.

Why Mammography Screening Matters

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women worldwide. Early detection is crucial because it increases the likelihood of successful treatment and survival. Mammograms can detect tumors that are too small to be felt, allowing for intervention at an earlier, more treatable stage.

When to Start and How Often to Screen

The American Cancer Society recommends that women with an average risk of breast cancer begin annual mammograms at age 45. Women aged 55 and older can switch to biennial screenings or continue yearly screening based on their preferences and health history. Women at higher risk, such as those with a family history of breast cancer, may need to start screening earlier and more frequently.

What to Expect During a Mammogram

A mammogram is a quick and relatively painless procedure. During the screening, a radiologic technologist will position your breast on a special X-ray machine. Your breast will be compressed between two plates to flatten and spread the tissue. This compression may cause slight discomfort but is necessary to obtain clear images. The entire process takes about 20 minutes.

Preparing for Your Mammogram

  • Schedule wisely: Try to book your mammogram for the week after your menstrual period when your breasts are less likely to be tender.
  • Avoid caffeine: Reducing caffeine intake a few days before your appointment can help reduce breast tenderness.
  • Dress comfortably: Wear a two-piece outfit so you only need to remove your top.
  • Skip deodorant: On the day of the exam, avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, lotions, or perfumes under your arms or on your breasts, as these can appear as white spots on the X-ray.

Understanding Your Results

After your mammogram, a radiologist will analyze the images for any signs of abnormalities. You will receive a report detailing the findings. If any suspicious areas are found, additional imaging or a biopsy may be recommended. It's essential to discuss the results with your healthcare provider to understand the next steps.

Garden Mammography Center: Your Partner in Health

At Garden Mammography Center, we prioritize your health and well-being. Our state-of-the-art mammography machines and expert staff ensure that you receive the highest quality care. We offer convenient mammography services at our Lake Success and Brooklyn locations, ensuring that top-tier healthcare is accessible to our community.


Regular mammography screenings are a vital part of maintaining your health, especially for women over 50 or those who are menopausal. Early detection through mammograms can save lives by catching breast cancer at its most treatable stage. Schedule your mammogram today at Garden Mammography Center and take a proactive step towards a healthier future.

Call to Action

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