Cancer Prevention: Mammogram

Mammogram is a test to visualize internal structures of the breast, explains Dr. Cristina Lopez-Penalver, Breast Surgeon with Miami Cancer Institute, who believes it’s important for women to avoid creams, deodorants or powders before the exam, because some of these contain metallic material or calcium and their deposits in the skin can appear as artifacts on the mammogram film. The best time to do a mammogram is the week after the period, because the hormonal levels are at their lowest and breasts are less sensitive, the doctor explains. She also advises taking an ibuprofen one hour before doing a test.

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