Cushion Your Breasts for Mammograms
Have you ever had a painful mammogram?† Most women haven't.† But those who
have had painful experiences are often reluctant to return annually for this
potentially life-saving test.† To minimize discomfort, try to schedule your
mammogram about 5-7 days after your period.† Some women also find relief
by taking ibuprofen an hour before the test.† If these tips don't help, you
may want to try the Mammo Pad (TM)--a cushion shown to significantly reduce
the discomfort of mammography.† And studies show that unlike antiperspirant,
it does not affect the quality of the mammogram.
The Mammo Pad [manufactured by BioLucent Inc.] is a soft, adhesive-backed,
single-use foam cushion that is completely "invisible" to mammography
X-rays.† The pad was invented by a woman breast surgeon from Stanford University
Hospital in hopes that more women would comply with annual screening guidelines.
A study of 500 women patients suggested that the pad improved comfort significantly.
Most participants said that the pad made the procedure 'warmer' and 'softer'
as compared to having it done on a cold, hard surface without it.
Another bonus of the pad is that technician can increase breast† compression,
while improving patient comfort. This in turn can improve image quality. . .and
therefore improve the accuracy of the mammogram and decrease the need for repeated
How important is this?† An American Cancer Society-supported study of long
term mortality trends in Sweden showed that women who participated in regular
mammography had 63 percent fewer deaths from breast cancer compared with women
who did not have regular mammograms.† This shows that no matter how reliable
mammography has become, it does nothing for women who choose not to have one.
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Created: 8/13/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.
Reviewed: 6/30/2003  - Donnica Moore, M.D.