Mammo Myth #01: My healthcare provider didn’t tell me I should get a mammogram so I’m not able to schedule one.
Sep 18, 2019
Mammography Myth #01: My healthcare provider didn’t tell me I should get a mammogram so I’m not able to schedule one.
Fact: You do not need a referral from a healthcare provider to schedule a screening mammogram so you should schedule one every year, even if your provider does not mention getting one.
Why should you have an annual screening mammogram?
Early detection saves lives. Since 1990, there has been a 30% decrease in breast cancer mortality rates in the U.S., which is due in large part to the early detection of breast cancer through screening mammography.
The Society of Breast Imaging and American College of Radiology recommends the following guidelines for women to begin having annual screening mammograms:
Women at average risk for breast cancer
Annual mammogram from age 40
Women at increased risk for breast cancer
- Women with certain BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations or who are untested but have first-degree relatives (mothers, sisters, or daughters) who are proved to have BRCA mutations: Yearly starting by age 30 (but not before age 25)
- Women with ≥20% lifetime risk for breast cancer on the basis of family history (both maternal and paternal): Yearly starting by age 30 (but not before age 25), or 10 years earlier than the age of diagnosis of the youngest affected relative, whichever is later
- Women with mothers or sisters with pre-menopausal breast cancer: Yearly starting by age 30 (but not before age 25), or 10 years earlier than the age of diagnosis of the youngest affected relative, whichever is later
- Women with histories of mantle radiation (usually for Hodgkin's disease) received between the ages of 10 and 30: Yearly starting 8 years after the radiation therapy, but not before age 25
- Women with biopsy-proven lobular neoplasia (lobular carcinoma in situ and atypical lobular hyperplasia), atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), invasive breast cancer or ovarian cancer: Yearly from time of diagnosis, regardless of age
Suburban Imaging offers both 2-D and Tomo (3-D) screening mammography at three clinic locations (Suburban Imaging – Blaine, Suburban Imaging – Burnsville and The Breast Center of Suburban Imaging, which is located in Coon Rapids). Check with your health insurance plan to verify coverage of 3D mammography prior to scheduling.
To learn more about screening mammography and to find scheduling information, please visit our website here.