Despite decades of breast cancer awareness activities, a recent study shows that just 50 percent of insured women are getting screened annually. Early detection is vital to surviving breast cancer and mammography is our best option. If breast cancer is found early, there are more treatment options and a better chance for survival. A mammogram can find breast cancer before it can be felt. However, it is not perfect. When mammography is combined with clinical breast exams, your chances for finding cancer are even greater. And, the risks associated with mammography and radiation are minimal and pose little risk compared to the benefit of early detection. Remember, even if you feel healthy now, just being a woman and getting older puts you at risk for breast cancer. Getting checked regularly can put your mind at ease. Finding cancer early may save your life.
- Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
- Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
- Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40
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Call your health system today to schedule your annual mammogram:
Mount Carmel Mammography Services: 614-234-2900
Ohio State University and the James Cancer Hospital: 614-293-0020 or 1-800-240-4477
Our grant-funded programs listed here can offer assistance to under- and uninsured women in need of a mammogram.