If you hadn’t yet heard, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. You’ve probably figured this out already with every city draped in pink, NFL players donning pink ribbons on their uniforms and breast cancer awareness organizations reminding women of the importance of early detection. It’s important for women of any age to perform regular self-examinations, but during October we like to also remind women of the valuable role mammograms can play in early detection.
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) October 11, 2015
This week The American Cancer Society announced their new breast cancer screening guidelines. They have now pushed the recommended age for mammograms back from 40 to 45. Now, three major cancer organizations; The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force all recommend different ages, leaving many women wondering what is actually best for them.
All sides have their own opinions on the risks and benefits of earlier mammography screenings, but women should know that the best advice will come directly from their personal physician. Every woman is unique and their health and wellness and family history should play the largest role in when she decides to get her first mammogram.
During October, many providers offer affordable mammograms so women can get screened if they so desire, but what about women who want mammograms outside of breast cancer awareness month? We want it to be easy for any woman who wants to, to find low cost mammograms on our price transparency website.
First, let’s explain the difference between the two kinds of mammograms:
- Screening Mammogram – This procedure is done when a woman doesn’t have any symptoms of breast cancer present. By law, patients don’t need a script/referral for a mammogram if you’re aged 40 or older.
- Diagnostic Mammogram – This procedure is done to diagnose and abnormal or unusual symptoms or breast changes. If you or your physician notices a lump, discharge, change in size or shape of your breasts or if you have a history of breast cancer, you will get a script for a diagnostic mammogram.
To Get a Mammogram, simply follow these simple steps:
- Go to saveonmedical.com
- Select “Screening Mammography” from the dropdown menu
- Type in your City, State or zip code and click “Search”
- Select the provider with the price and quality score you feel comfortable with by clicking their name.
- Fill out the appointment request form on the right-hand side of their profile and they will contact you to schedule your appointment!