However, if swollen lymph nodes appear on your mammogram, your care provider may ask you to come back in for additional precautionary testing and evaluation since swollen lymph nodes can also be a sign of breast cancer.
So, should you schedule your COVID-19 vaccine and mammogram around each other? Here’s what you should know:
- If you are overdue for your screening mammogram, keep your vaccination appointment and undergo your mammogram as soon as possible. If you receive the vaccine before your mammogram, inform your mammography provider.
- If you feel a lump, have unexplained breast pain, experience nipple discharge or have any concerns about your breast health, seek immediate care. Do not delay diagnostic mammograms ordered by a physician or another care provider for any reason.
- If you’re not overdue and need to schedule a routine annual screening exam, keep your vaccine appointment and try to schedule your exam before you receive the vaccine or four to six weeks afterward. If you can’t reschedule your mammogram within the next few months, keep your existing mammogram and vaccine appointments. On the day of your mammogram, inform your mammography technologist you’ve received the vaccine.
- If you’re already scheduled for your annual screening mammogram, keep your COVID-19 vaccine appointment and consider rescheduling your annual mammogram around the vaccine. Try to reschedule your mammogram before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment or at least four weeks afterward.
“Both your screening mammogram and the COVID-19 vaccine are very important to your health, so it’s important you benefit from both” Dr. Whitehead says. “You may just want to work your mammogram around your vaccine.