Your primary care provider or gynecologist can help you determine the right age when you should begin having an annual clinical breast exam. Based on your medical history and risk factors for breast cancer, that may be age 50 or a younger age. Talking with your provider about what recommendations are right for you is a good way to take charge of your breast health.
If you do not know which type of mammogram is best for you, or if there is a possibility that you are pregnant, call (502) 259-PINK (7465) to speak with a breast health navigator.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as changes in texture of breast tissue, a new lump or mass, changes in the size of your breast or sudden nipple discharge, contact your primary care physician or gynecologist to discuss next steps.
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast and is generally recommended for women who have no signs of or family history of breast cancer. It usually involves two or three X-rays of each breast. This is a routine test to find any tumors that cannot be felt.
3D Mammogram (Tomosynthesis)
This state-of-the-art test is much like a conventional mammogram but provides 3D images that are highly effective in revealing abnormalities in breast tissue. This test may be more effective than a conventional mammogram for women with dense breast tissue or women who are at high risk for breast cancer. This screening may have a cost that is not covered by insurance.