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Ten Tips for Getting a Mammogram

  1. Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40.
  2. 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.
  3.  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.
  4.  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.
  5.  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.
  6. 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.
  7. The procedure will require you to undress to the waist, but the facility will provide a wrap for you to wear.
  8. Deodorant, powder, or cream under your arms may interfere with the quality of the mammogram.
  9. Only you and the technologist, who positions your breasts, will be present for the mammogram. Most technologist are women.
  10. 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.

Five Things to Tell Your Friends About Breast Cancer

  1. All women can get breast cancer – even those who have no family history of the disease.
  2. The two most important factors for breast cancer are: being a woman and growing older.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Through early detection and improved treatments, more women than ever are surviving breast cancer.

Assistance

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
www.dfeetbreastcancer.com/mamo

UTMB Cancer Center

301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1048
866.731.CURE
www.utmb.edu/cancer

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

www.AngelFlightSC.org

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

List of Resources

Here are a list of resources that you may find helpful.

American Cancer Society
1.800.ACS.2345
www.cancer.org

D’Feet Breast Cancer, Inc.
409.771.5574 (24/7 Hotline)
www.dfeetbreastcancer.com

National Alliance of Breast 
Cancer Organizations
1.888.80-NABCO
www.nabco.org

American College of Obstetricians 
and Gynecologists
1.202.638.5577
www.acog.org

National Cancer Institute
1.800.4-CANCER
www.nci.nih.gov

American Society of 
Clinical Oncology
www.oncology.com
www.asco.org
Email: contactus@plwc.org
 or asco@asco.org

North American 
Menopause Society
1.404.442.7550
www.menopause.org
Email: info@menopause.org

Cancer Care, Inc.
1.800.813.HOPE
www.cancercare.org

Sisters Network
1.713.781.0255
www.sistersnetworkinc.org
Email: sisnet4@aol.com

Cancer Hope Network
1.877.HOPENET
www.cancerhopenetwork.org
Email: info@cancerhopenetwork.org

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
1.800.IM-AWARE
www.komen.org

Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer
1.410.778.1982
www.mothersdaughters.org
Email: msdbc@dmv.com

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
1.800.221.2141
www.y-me.org

UTMB Cancer Center
866.731.CURE
www.utmb.edu/cancer

M.D. Anderson
UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
https://www.mdanderson.org/education-and-research/research-at-md-anderson/index.html

Harley’s Angels Tour Lab at MD Anderson

Harley’s Angels tour Dr. Hunt’s  new lab at MD Anderson Cancer. The Angels presented Dr. Hunt with a lab coat featuring the Harley’s Angels logo in appreciation for Dr. Hunt’s research efforts, as well as her support of Harley’s Angels.