Women at age 20 should start a regular interval of getting mammograms every 3 years along with self exams. By age 40 you should have a mammogram every year along with self exams. This is a government recommendation and if you can do more frequent, that would be optimal. If you are underprivileged and do not have insurance to cover screenings, you can visit http://komen.org or call 877-465-6636 to find a program in your area that may cover your screenings. Remember, “Everyone deserves a lifetime.” Not just those with insurance. Call today! We walk raise money and walk 60 miles every year and one of those reasons is so you can have access to screenings! DO IT!
“the American Cancer Society reminds women that early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. If caught early, the breast cancer survival rate is 98 percent. If diagnosed late, the survival rate drops to 27 percent. The best way to detect breast cancer early is through regular mammograms, according to the American Cancer Society.”
Low-cost or free mammography
Most insurance companies and Medicare cover the cost of mammograms. And, in many areas of the country, low-cost or free mammograms are offered through national programs and community organizations.
- Komen Affiliates fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects for those who need it most. Find an Affiliate in your area to learn what resources are available. Or, call our breast care helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) to find low-cost options in your area.
- National Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program provides access to breast cancer screening to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women.
- YWCA provides breast cancer education and screening to women who lack access to health services.
- Planned Parenthood offers clinical breast exams and mammography referrals.
Each October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many imaging centers offer mammograms at reduced rates. For a list of certified radiology centers, visit the FDA website (http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/mammography/certified.html).
Physical disabilities and breast cancer screening
Women with Disabilities
Some women with physical disabilities face have trouble finding a mammography center that meets their needs. Partnering with a health care provider can help things go more smoothly and may help increase access for other women. Learn more about women with physical disabilities and breast cancer screening.