Although the possibility of being diagnosed with breast cancer can be terrifying, doing all you can to get cancer detected early is a powerful step you can take.
WHO SHOULD GET A MAMMOGRAM?
The guidelines for screening mammograms are routinely reviewed by nationally recognized organizations. As a result, changes to the recommendations are inevitable. Although the organizations agree on many points, some differences do exist. The following recommendations are from two nationally recognized sources:
- American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40 as long as the woman is in good health. Although this screening exam has limitations, most physicians believe mammograms save thousands of lives every year. WHA strongly suggests talking with your doctor about these recommendations and what the best option is for your health care needs.
- United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends biennial (every two years) screening for women ages 50 to 74 years.
- Breast cancer prevention also includes getting a clinical breast exam every three years for women in their 20s and 30s.
- Remember: Clinical breast exams and regular screening mammograms are your best tools for catching breast cancer early, when it’s easiest to treat.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY EXAM?
To get the best-quality mammogram:
- Schedule your mammogram for a day when your breasts won’t be tender or swollen. This will make the exam more comfy and ensure the best possible image.
- Don’t wear an antiperspirant or deodorant. Some contain substances that show up as white spots on the
X-ray, which can make a mammogram difficult to read.
- If you’ve noticed any breast symptoms, describe them to the technologist.
Get a Mammogram, Win a Gift Card!
You’ve earned it: After your mammogram, enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card.*
Simply complete the online form at mywha.org/women.
* To qualify, the exam must have been performed by a WHA provider within the past year and you must have been an active member at the time of service. Limited to one submission per year.
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