Get a mammogram every one to two years.
Take care of your
health now, so you can be there for your family later.
Are you at risk for breast cancer?
Simply being a woman and getting older puts you at risk for
breast cancer. The older you are, the greater your chances of
getting breast cancer. Also, you are at higher risk if your mother,
sister or daughter has had breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women of many Asian and
Pacific Islander groups in the U.S. Many women do not know they have
breast cancer until it is advanced.
Finding the disease early with mammograms and breast exams by
your doctor or nurse can save your life. For yourself and your
family, call your doctor for an exam and mammogram today.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray picture of the breast. A
mammogram along with a breast exam by your doctor or nurse can find
breast cancer at an early stage, when it can best be treated. A
mammogram does not cause cancer. Because the amount of
radiation used is very low, the risk of any harm is extremely small.
What happens during a mammogram?
A mammogram is a simple test. When you go for a mammogram, the
technician taking the picture will place your breast between two
X-ray panels. The panels will push your breast between them to get a
clear picture. You may feel a little bit of discomfort, but each
X-ray takes less than a minute.
Who should get one?
Women in their 40s and older should get a mammogram every one to
two years. A woman's chance of getting breast cancer is greater as
Why should I have one?
Mammograms can save your life by finding breast cancer early. A
mammogram can show cancer that is too small for you or your doctor
to feel. When breast cancer is found early, you have more treatment
"Early detection will give you more treatment options and
certainly a better chance to survive." -- Robin Chin, breast cancer
How will I pay?
If you have Medicare and are age 40 or older, Medicare pays for
most of the cost of a screening mammogram every 12 months. If
needed, Medicare will pay for a diagnostic mammogram at any time.
There may also be low- and no-cost screening programs where you
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