Mammography is a form of screening test that identifies breast cancer and other conditions related to the breasts. X-ray technology is used to examine the breast. The images created from the x-ray are called a mammogram, which is interpreted by a radiologist who determines if a patient is at risk for breast cancer.

Mammography and You

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, one in eight women will develop breast cancer by age 75. Therefore, it is crucial for women to receive regular mammograms to check for signs or symptoms of breast cancer. The earlier it is found and treated, the higher the likelihood it is curable.

Preparing for your Mammogram

Please refrain from wearing powder, lotions or deodorants on the day of your test as they can show up on your x-ray.

Are Mammograms Painful?

Mammograms often cause brief discomfort. We recommend waiting until a week after your menstrual cycle to have this test performed, as the breasts are often less tender.

When and How Often You Should Have a Mammogram or Clinical Breast Exam

Mammograms are recommended every 1-2 years for women at average risk of breast cancer starting at age 40. Screening should continue until at least age 75. Your OB-GYN may also perform a clinical breast exam during your routine checkup. These exams are performed to check for abnormal shapes, puckers, dimples or redness of the breasts.


Clinical breast exams should be performed every 1-3 years for women aged 25-39 and every 1-2 years for women 40 years and older.

Choose Sylacauga OB-GYN for Your Mammogram

For over a decade, Sylacauga OB-GYN has provided women the best care for their bodies in a comfortable and safe environment. We refer all mammograms to the Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga, where you’ll receive the best care available in the region.

For questions about mammography or to schedule your mammogram, feel free to give us a call or email us at [email protected].