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How to Prepare for a Mammogram

Part of the Breast Cancer For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Mammograms are an important diagnostic tool in detecting and combating breast cancer. You should schedule regular mammogram screenings, and follow this advice:

  • Find out before your appointment whether your insurance covers the procedure.

  • Go to a facility that's certified by the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Bring the pictures and the doctor's report with you if you've had a mammogram in the past.

  • Wear warm slacks — the machine is cold.

  • Stay calm. Remember, out of 1,000 mammograms, 998-999 are not cancerous. Why worry if you don't have to?

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