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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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.
Mammogram Screening Guidelines
The following guidelines are recommended for women by the American Cancer Society®:
- Ages 40 to 44: You have the choice to begin annual breast cancer screening if you wish to do so.
- Ages 45 to 54: Get a mammogram every year.
- Ages 55 and older: You have the choice to continue yearly screening, or switch to every two years.
The following factors contribute to being at high risk:
- Family history of breast cancer
- BRCA1 of BRCA2 gene mutation in your DNA
- Radiation therapy to your chest between the ages of 10 to 30 years
- Personal history of breast cancer
Early detection is essential. Find a screening near you.
ProMedica offers breast cancer screening throughout the region.