You are a woman who places a high priority on your health, and you’ve come to the right place. Caring for your breasts is important at every age and everyone is unique. It is important to recognize what is normal for your body and discuss any changes with your doctor.
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Mammogram Screening Guidelines
Women should start getting an annual mammogram at age 40. (1)
(1) American College of Radiology.
Depending on your risk factors and family health history, your healthcare provider may recommend a mammogram earlier. Talk with your provider about the mammogram schedule that best fits your needs.
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Early detection is essential.
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Breast Cancer Screening Services
- Age: Your risk increases as you age.
- Dense breasts: Some women have a higher amount of glandular tissue in their breasts, making it difficult for a mammogram to detect cancer. Learn more about breast density and Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI).
- Family history of breast cancer or inheritance of abnormal genes: If you have a close relative who’s had breast cancer or the BRCA gene mutation, you could be at a higher risk. Consider having an evaluation by a genetics counselor to learn more.
• Gender: You’re a woman, which is the biggest risk factor.
- Personal history: If you have already had breast cancer, you are more likely to develop it again.
A breast self-exam is a way to check your breasts for changes or abnormalities (such as lumps or thickenings). It involves looking at and feeling each breast. Report any unusual changes to your doctor immediately. Self-exams are important because early breast cancer detection greatly increases your chances of surviving this disease.
There are various types of screenings available, including:
Screening programs are held at various locations and include a clinical breast exam, a screening mammogram, and education about breast health.
Access state-of-the-art breast imaging technology at ProMedica Breast Care on the campus of ProMedica Toledo Hospital, the region's top imaging facility devoted exclusively to breast health. We'll coordinate follow-up care, if needed.
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If you don’t have insurance, or your insurance doesn’t cover preventive screenings, you may qualify for free screening mammograms through our grant from the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Ask your gynecologist how to request a free screening.
ProMedica offers breast cancer screening throughout the region.