- Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40.
- Use a facility that specializes in mammograms or that performs more than three each day. Ask to see the FDA certificate showing that the facitlity meets high professional standards.
- If you are satisfied with the facility, continue to go there each year, so that your mammograms can be compared from year to year. If not, take copies of your old mammograms to a new facility so that they will have them for comparison.
- Some, or all, of the cost of a mammogram may be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or private health plans. Call the ACS (1.800.ACS.2345) to find low-cost mammograms in your area.
- All mammogram facilities are required to send your results to you within 30 days and to contact your withing five business days if there is a suspected problem. Call your doctor or the facility if you do not receive your results.
- Only two to four of every 1,000 mammograms will lead to a cancer diagnosis. 10% of women may require an additional mammogram, but only 8-10% of them will need a biopsy. 80% of those biopsies will NOT be cancer.
- The procedure will require you to undress to the waist, but the facility will provide a wrap for you to wear.
- Deodorant, powder, or cream under your arms may interfere with the quality of the mammogram.
- Only you and the technologist, who positions your breasts, will be present for the mammogram. Most technologist are women.
- The entire procedure should take about 20 minutes and should include two views of each breast. The breast compression may cause some discomfort, which you can lesson by not scheduling a mammogram immediately before or during your period. Tell the technologist if you experience pain during the procedure.
- All women can get breast cancer – even those who have no family history of the disease.
- The two most important factors for breast cancer are: being a woman and growing older.
- Women diagnosed with early breast cancer, when the cancer is small and has not spread, have a high chance of surviving it. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early. Get one every year starting at age 40. If you notice any breast changes, tell your doctor without delay.
- You can help reduce your chances of developing breast cancer by engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol intake and STOP SMOKING.
- Through early detection and improved treatments, more women than ever are surviving breast cancer.
These are some organizations that offer assistance to women with breast cancer and to those seeking medical services.
Galveston County Health District, D’Feet Project
1207 Oak St.
La Marque, TX 77568
409.938.2291 • 409.938.2327
UTMB Cancer Center
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1048
To be eligible for a sponsored mammogram, women must meet eligibility criteria and they must have a doctor’s referral. The Rose honors insurance. Diagnostic services (ultrasounds, fine needle aspirations and core breast biopsies) are available at The Rose.
Angel Flight South Central
Serving Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico
Contact Us at 800-989-2602
The mission of Angel Flight South Central is to help people in need of free air transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes.It is our goal to remove the transportation burden from patients so they can get to specialized medical treatment not available to them locally and focus on getting well. Many of our patients do not have access to conventional transportation or are too ill to drive or fly commercially. Angel Flight is here to help! Completely free of charge! Angel Flight South Central relies completely on volunteer pilots and donations from individuals, foundations, clubs and corporations.
M.D. Anderson Resources:
M.D. Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center offers a wide range of services. Including risk assessment, risk-reduction counseling and sereening, including mammography and clinical breast exam.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call:
(713) 745-8040 or (800) 438-6434.
Other M. D. Anderson resources are available to the public, including patient support services, educational programs, guided tours, a learningcenter and wellness programs. You don’t have to be an M. D. Anderson patient to use many of these services.
For more information about M. D. Anderson programs, services or referrals, contact ask M.D. Anderson at 877-MDA-6789 or www.mdanderson.org/contact_us
Here are a list of resources that you may find helpful.
American Cancer Society
D’Feet Breast Cancer, Inc.
409.771.5574 (24/7 Hotline)
National Alliance of Breast
American College of Obstetricians
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Care, Inc.
Cancer Hope Network
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
UTMB Cancer Center
UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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