Mammography Myths Debunked During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Richmond-based women’s health clinic, Virginia Women’s Center, clarifies facts regarding mammography and its benefits for the prevention and early detection of breast cancer in women during the month of October.

Women need to understand that the benefits of early detection absolutely outweigh the initial fears of finding out whether or not you have breast cancer.

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Virginia Women’s Center, a full-service women’s health care provider in Richmond, Virginia, is setting out to inform women about the procedures and technologies that are available to detect breast cancer. Focusing in particular on mammography, Virginia Women’s Center hopes to debunk the procedure’s many myths such as pain, cost, embarrassment and fear.

“Unfortunately, it’s common for women to shy away from mammograms for a number of reasons,” says Brenda Burgess, Virginia Women’s Center Administrator. “Ultimately, women need to understand that the benefits of early detection absolutely outweigh the initial fears of finding out whether or not you have breast cancer.”

It isn’t just the overall fear of receiving “bad news” that keeps women from getting regular mammograms; a number of women fear it will hurt, they’re uncomfortable undressing for the exam and they’re unsure if their insurance provider will cover the costs. However, according to Virginia Women’s Center, these anxieties are just myths. During a mammogram, the patient is always in control and the entire exam lasts seven minutes with the actual compression time lasting only about five seconds. Additionally, the technologists are professionals who are focused on obtaining the best images for the radiologist and most insurance providers cover an annual screening mammogram for women over 40. Most importantly, hearing the “bad news” as soon as possible is what has helped survival rates continue to increase.

“Too often, women only share their bad mammography experiences with one another,” says Michele Rolle, chief mammography technologist at Virginia Women’s Center. “Some women rarely hear how a mammogram can be quick and easy. For most women, the discomfort is tolerable and the results can be crucial to one’s health.”

Especially for women over 40, an annual mammogram is highly recommended by the gynecologists at Virginia Women’s Center in order to monitor breast health and, if applicable, find and treat any cancerous cells. For more information about Virginia Women’s Center and its initiatives to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please contact Kate Mendez at 804-288-4084.

About Virginia Women’s Center
Virginia Women’s Center is a full-service women’s health care provider specializing in obstetrics, gynecology, urology, high-risk obstetrics, obstetrical genetic counseling, ultrasound, mammography, bone health, psychology, nutrition and clinical research. The practice sees patients in four locations in the Richmond area and has an additional office in Kilmarnock. For more information, visit, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.


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