What is mammography?

Mammography is an x-ray of the breast.  It can detect most breast cancers at an early stage, before symptoms develop. 

All ladies aged 50 - 70 in this area are offered a routine mammogram every 3 years.  Within the Doncaster area ladies will be offered an appointment at the Chequer Road Centre Doncaster, within the Bassetlaw & Retford area ladies will be offered an appointment at the Diana, Princess of Wales Unit at Bassetlaw Hospital. 

Frequently asked Questions about a Mammogram

Does it hurt?

Some ladies find it uncomfortable and some might find it painful.  However, we need to press on the breast to produce good quality mammograms.  The pressure on the breast will only last a few seconds, and any pain should only last as long as the procedure.  The radiation dose is minimal.

What does it mean if I am called back?

Sometimes we need to call ladies back because of a technical fault.  We will tell you if this is the reason.

About 1 in 20 ladies are called back because the films taken suggest that more tests are needed.  These tests may include more films in different positions, an ultrasound scan, a clinical examination, and possibly a biopsy.  Most ladies will not have any problems and will come back for routine screening again in 3 years.

What happens to my x-rays once they have been checked?

We keep all of your films so we can compare your latest mammogram with ones you have taken before.  We also audit the quality of the service we provide to you.

How accurate is a Mammogram?

Mammograms are the most efficient way of detecting breast cancer early, like some other screening tests they are not perfect. 

  • some cancers are very difficult to see
  • some cancers, even though they are there, cannot be seen at all.

I am disabled can I still come?

Yes please contact the department before you come and we can discuss your needs prior to the appointment so we can be ready for you.

I have breast implants can I still come for screening?

Yes.  It may take  longer, so please contact the department before you come.

I am on Income Support , can I claim expenses?

Yes. Please ask at the desk when you attend.

I didn't come last time you asked me, can I still come this time?

Yes we would like you to come, even if you did not attend when you were invited before.

Can I have someone with me?

Generally we do not take other people into the room, but if you have special needs please contact us before you come. 

I have had lots of x-rays recently, will the radiation for the mammogram be dangerous for me?

The mammogram involves a very small dose of radiation, so the risk to your health is very small, but if you are worried please contact us or ask the Radiographer when you attend.  If you have had a mammogram recently, please inform us before attending (eg within the current year)

 When will I get my results?

If you have attended for routine mammography screening, your results will be sent direct to your own address and also to your registered G.P.


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