Did you know? One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer.
In fact, many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. Therefore, it’s critical to get your mammogram screening as appropriate for your age and personal risk. Regular breast screenings can detect cancer early, even sometimes before you can feel a lump. At that time, the tumor likely hasn’t spread and is in its most treatable stage.
Early detection is the key to successful treatment. Women who have regular mammograms are less likely to need aggressive treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy, because their breast cancer is more likely to be found early. They are also more likely to be cured.
And don’t let the current pandemic stop you from getting this important screening. During COVID-19, all of our facilities and providers are committed to keeping everyone safe. There are many extra precautions in place at this time so our patients can continue to get the health care services they need.
When should woman get a mammogram and how often?
For women of average risk:
- Age 40 to 49: have the option to start screening with a mammogram every other year
- Age 50 to 74: should get a mammogram every other year
- Age 74 and older: can continue to get a mammogram every other year or discuss a new plan with your provider
First, start by having a conversation with your primary care provider. They will be able to help you make the decision that is best for you based on your personal risk factors for breast cancer.
Also, you can use the U.S Preventive Services Task Force’s guidelines for more information to help you decide when and how often to get a mammogram.
Where can I get a mammogram?
At Bon Secours, we encourage women to stay up to date on their screening mammograms. You can schedule your mammogram with us in one of three ways:
- Through your MyChart account
- Talk to your Bon Secours primary care provider
- Reach out to one of our screening centers