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What to Expect From a Mammogram: Knowing What to Expect During a Mammogram Can Make it Easier, American Cancer Society:"For some women, the thought of picking up the phone and scheduling a mammogram is a daunting task. Knowing what to expect, however, can make it easier. The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers a pamphlet called "8 Things to Expect When You Get a Mammogram" that can help reduce the stress you might feel when the calendar says it's time for your annual mammogram. Following are the eight tips, along with more advice from"


What are Mammograms? What Can Mammograms Tell About the Breast:"A mammogram is a special kind of X-ray that allows the doctor to see into the breast tissue. It is performed by gently compressing the woman’s breast in the mammogram machine and then taking pictures in two different views. One view will be an image of the breast as it appears from on top down (cranio-caudal view) as shown in the firs picture. The second picture taken is a sideways image (medio-lateral view) as shown in our second picture."


Cancerhelp UK, The Mammogram:"A mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts. It is used to screen for breast cancer in women between 50 and 70 in the UK. It is also used as a test for breast cancer in women who have symptoms, such as a lump. A radiographer helps you to position one breast at a time on a small flat plate, with an X-ray plate under it. There is another flat plate above your breast. When the machine is switched on, your breast is pressed down between the plates by the machine in order to get the clearest picture for the doctors to examine. This can be a bit uncomfortable but shouldn't be painful. Two pictures are taken: one from above and one from the side. This is to make doubly sure that nothing is missed."
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Mammogram Voucher Program (MVP):"The Mammogram Voucher Program (MVP), funded by the Pittsburgh Komen Race for the Cure® and administered by the American Cancer Society Southwest Region, Pennsylvania Division, and Family Health Council, Inc. provides FREE mammograms and follow-up diagnostic services to medically underinsured and uninsured women in 30 counties of Western and Central Pennsylvania."
To see if you qualify for this life-saving program call: 1-888-MVP-0505


The Breast Cancer Site, Fund Free Mammograms:"The Breast Cancer Site ( is an online activism site that gives Internet users a free and easy way to help reduce the number of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends lost to breast cancer. In seconds, visitors to The Breast Cancer Site can click on the "Fund Free Mammograms" button and, at no cost to them, help fund a free mammogram for an underprivileged woman. Mammography is one the best-known methods of early detection of breast cancer, and early detection is the key to survival and better treatment options. Provision of free mammograms is carried out through the National Breast Cancer Foundation and paid for by The Breast Cancer Site's sponsors. The Breast Cancer Site was founded on October 23, 2000."


Chemo Brain | 12 Ways to Help Someone with Chemo Brain |"The chemicals used in chemotherapy are powerful -- strong enough to kill cancer cells. That's a good thing, but they also seem to have a little-understood effect on the brain, causing cognitive problems such as memory lapses and loss of concentration. While it's tempting to think that these problems are all in the patient's mind, they're all too real, experts say. In fact, a study at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that more than 80 percent of people who receive chemotherapy for cancer report annoying memory and concentration problems that often linger for months, even after treatment is finished."
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