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Chilli Amar's First Mammogram

MIX 107.3's, Chilli Amar recently had her first digital mammogram at Virginia Hospital Center's Women's Imaging Center. Take a moment to view this mammogram documentary and share in her experience. To schedule your digital mammogram at Virginia Hospital Center, call 703.558.8500.

I'm here at Virginia Hospital Center waiting for my appointment - my first mammogram...

Email Chili at chilli.amar@citcomm.com and share your story.

4 Key Components for a Complete Breast Screening

  1. Annual mammogram over age 40
  2. Annual clinical breast examinations
  3. Breast self-examination (BSE)
  4. Knowing your family's health history

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Early detection and treatment is critical to surviving breast cancer. Make a pledge with a friend or a family member to help each other become, and stay, breast healthy. Click on the Gift of Health Contract to get started today!


7 Steps to a Better Mammogram

  1. Wear separates so you can leave some of your clothes on during the exam
  2. Do not wear deodorant, powder or lotions. Residue from such substances can be mistaken for calcifications on the scan, and can result in unnecessary callbacks.
  3. Schedule your mammogram when your breasts are least tender, such as a week or two after your period.
  4. Take a friend or family member with you for support if you are nervous.
  5. Bring documentation from previous breast screenings, biopsies and other procedures to ensure technicians are fully aware of any past problems.
  6. If you have had previous mammograms, bring your films with you so they can be used for comparison studies.
  7. Have your referring physician's name and contact information with you during your visit so the Women's Imaging Center will know where to send your mammography report.

"Did you know?"

  • A mammogram is a picture of the breast. Invented more than 30 years ago, mammograms can often show a breast lump before it can be felt, and they are still the best tool doctors have to find breast cancer early.
  • A breast lump has to be about one inch in diameter, or about the size of a quarter, for a woman to feel it herself. A digital mammogram can reveal an abnormality as small as a pencil eraser. 20% to 30% of women with breast cancer have a family member with this disease.
    Source: American Cancer Society
  • Therefore, it's important to note that 70% to 80% of women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of this disease.
    Source: American Cancer Society
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