Information about mammography tests sponsored by Norway Grants
In the range of realization of the Project, to improve the availability of the tests, we offer a free mammography tests to women who are not included in National Breast Cancer Screening Programme. The possibility is directed to women at the age of 40-49 and 70-75. Tests are made according to preventive treatment tests standards, which means that the result is given with full doctor’s description or the recommendation of making some additional medical procedures to give the final diagnosis.
Doctor’s referral required
What is important, a woman needs to show a referral from a doctor of any specialization. A model referral is available on the website in “Documents to download”.
If you comply with the age criterion, you can come to a test in any date you choose when the mobile mammography vehicle is available in the town (after telephone registration and with the doctor’s referral). If You had a mammography before, the date of the next test should be compatible with the doctor’s recommendation from the previous test. This information is included on the result from the test.
We encourage women to accept our invitation. Registration is possible by telephone – number 58 666 24 44 and also on the website www.mammo.pl.
Guidelines for women who want to make a mammography test:
- Meeting of the age criteria (women at the age 40 – 49 and 70 – 75 years old)
- Get the doctor’s referral for a mammography preventive test (a suitable document is available on the website in the “documents to download” section)
- Registration can be made in two ways:
- By phone – 58 666 24 44
- By internet www.fado.pl/rejestracja-mammografia
- Please bring your previous mammography X-ray examination photos (if you have already had a test)
Why is it worth?
Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women. According to statistics, in well-developed countries, one of 4 or 5 cancer cases is the breast cancer.
Nowadays, mammography is believed to be the best method of diagnosis and recognition of the breast cancer among women after 40 years. The test characterizes in high sensitivity and specificity of the diagnosis. It makes possible to recognize the disease in a very early period of the development and that’s why the woman has a big possibility to get a full and successive treatment. Mammography gives a chance to detect a few inches tumors in breast which don’t give any symptoms.
How does the mammography test is made and is it painful?
Mammography test doesn’t require any special preparing, although it is recommended to make it in the first phase of the menstruation cycle (about 10th Day of the cycle), because the breast is less sensitive to touch in this period.
Before the test, a patient is undressing the top part of the clothing. The test lasts only a few minutes. Normaly the radiographer makes four X-ray examination photos – two photos of each breast in two basic compositions – the up-and-down composition and slanted composition. During the test radiographer puts the breast on the mammography apparatus and then it is pressed with the small board made of transparent material. The squeeze used during the immobilization of the breast is necessary to reduce the dosage of the X-rails and getting an unmistakable view of correct structures of the breast and possible changes. The mammography test is completely safe, the squeeze doesn’t hurt the breast and doesn’t provide any danger for the patient’s health.
Some women may feel a little pain during the mammography test, but for the majority of women this is only a short lasting discomfort.
We really encourage women to dedicate some time and make a test, sponsored by EOG Grants and Norway Financial Mechanism.