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NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY - OCTOBER 17th


Breast health is an important component of a woman's overall wellness.  Throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are highlighting people, events, information and tips to help women remember the importance of detecting the disease in its early stages. 

American Cancer Society Guidelines
for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for most adults.

  • Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
  • Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
  • Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.

Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the US.) Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.

How long does the procedure take?
The mammogram itself only takes about 5 minutes. The total procedure should take about 30 minutes by the time we get a history and patient information.

Will my insurance pay for it?
Most insurance companies pay for an annual screening mammogram – check with your insurance for coverage.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?
Yes, we do require an order from a physician.

Does it hurt?
Most people say it is a little uncomfortable but doesn’t really hurt. Caffeine often makes your breast more tender – avoiding caffeine prior to your mammogram may make it less uncomfortable.