A mammogram is a low dose x ray of the breast tissue.
What does a mammogram show?
Mammogram demonstrates the breast tissue. It shows symmetry or more importantly asymmetry and gives an indication of breast abnormalities – most importantly to distinguish cancer from benign (non cancerous) lumps
Who needs a mammogram?
All women over the age of 40 years should have a screening test to check the health of their breasts. It is similar to why one has a pap smear. ie to make sure there is no Cancer.
Do men also have mammograms?
Yes Men also get breast lumps and even breast cancer too
Will my medical aid pay for a mammogram?
Most Medical aids DO pay for a mammogram.
Some pay from your screening benefit – meaning it does not touch your medical savings. So even if your savings are finished for the year, you may still be able to have mammogram under your screening benefit – please contact your medical aid.
If your medical aid does not have a screening benefit, payment will come from your savings.
What do I need to know about the mammogram procedure?