Mammography combines low level x-rays and breast compression to evaluate breast tissues for signs of cancer, micro calcifications and other breast-related diseases. The goal of mammography is the early detection of breast cancer by following the recommendation of a yearly screening exam beginning at the age of 40. Women under 40 who have risk factors for breast cancer should seek advice from their primary care provider.
What should I wear?
You should wear loose comfortable clothing.
What can I expect?
The mammographer will ask you to remove your clothing from the waist up and put on a gown. You may experience brief discomfort during the compression. The appointment should take about 30 minutes.
How do I prepare for my exam?
Please do not wear any deodorant, powder or lotion.
Can I take prescribed medication?
Yes. You may take your prescribed medication as normal.
How will I feel after the exam?
A majority of patients are able to resume normal activities immediately after testing. There is a possibility you will experience breast tenderness.
All-inclusive women’s cancer screenings in Hocking County
Through its Breast Education Screening & Navigation Program, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Community Health Programs (CHP) has long provided mobile women’s cancer screening clinics around southeastern Ohio as part of its mission to improve women’s health in the region.
In collaboration with Hocking Valley Community Hospital, the Heritage College CHP will also offer same-day mammography at the Hocking County mobile clinic. Services are available to all women, uninsured, underinsured or insured. Appointments are required and women should call 740-593-2432 or 1-800-844-2654.
Services offered through CHP mobile clinics include breast health education, PAP tests, breast and pelvic exams, same-day mammograms, navigation through the continuum of care & Susan G. Komen Columbus® grant funding for financial support for mammograms. In addition to the mobile clinics, clinics are held at the college’s Heritage Community Clinic on the Ohio University Athens campus.
The most current dates, times and locations for upcoming clinics to area counties are located on the CHP online events calendar – https://www.ohio.edu/medicine/community-health/community-clinic/calendar.cfm, or call 740.593.2432 or 800.844.2654.