How painful is a mammogram?
Everyone experiences mammograms differently.
Some women may feel pain during the procedure, and others may not feel anything at all.
Most women feel some discomfort during the actual X-ray process.
The pressure against your breasts from the testing equipment can cause pain or discomfort, and that’s normal.
What should I expect at my first mammogram?
When you arrive, you will undress from the waist up and will be given a gown to wear. It’s important that you do not wear deodorant, lotions, oils, or perfumes on the day of your exam, as these will interfere with the machine. During the mammogram, you and a trained technician will be the only ones in the exam room.
Does a painful mammogram mean cancer?
Anyone with fibrocystic breasts — referring to the presence of harmless cysts — is more likely to experience pain during a mammogram. A mammogram can help detect breast cancer in the early stages.
Do mammograms hurt breast tissue?
Mammography Can Rupture Tumors and Spread Malignant Cells
Mammography involves compressing the breasts between two plates in order to spread out the breast tissue for imaging. Today’s mammogram equipment applies 42 pounds of pressure to the breasts. Not surprisingly, this can cause significant pain.