Q: Should You Stop Caffeine Before A Mammogram?
Does caffeine make the mammograms harder to read/detect lumps in cystic breasts?
Many women report having an easier time with their mammogram if they avoid caffeine for 2 weeks ahead of time; they feel it makes their breasts less tender. However, there's no scientific endence supporting this, and none supporting any influence of caffeine on how a mammogram is read. What you SHOULD avoid are talcum powder and deodorant (with aluminum); both of those have the capability of showing up as suspicious "flecks" on your mammogram. Good luck - PJH
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