Mammography: Answers to common questions

When do you start? What are the benefits? A Sanford Health specialist explains

Mammography: Answers to common questions

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women. One way to catch breast cancer early is to get a mammogram. Allison Clapp, M.D., answers frequently asked questions about mammograms.

1. Are mammogram results instant?

After getting your mammogram, a radiologist will interpret the images. Then, a member of the care team will call you with your results. These results will also be sent to your account on My Sanford Chart.

2. Are mammograms free?

Many insurance providers cover mammograms, though it’s best to check with your provider to find out what kind of coverage they offer.

3. What age do you start getting mammograms?

Most medical professionals recommend starting mammograms at age 40. If you’re considered high-risk, you may need to start sooner. Genetics can play a role in determining your risk for breast cancer.

4. How often should you get a mammogram?

Detecting breast cancer early can make it easier to treat. That’s why medical leaders encourage women to get screened regularly.

5. Are mammograms necessary every year?

Routine mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Annual mammograms are most commonly recommended, but if you are considered high-risk, your doctor may recommend more frequent screening.

6. Do mammograms hurt?

The medical professionals at Sanford Health work to make your mammogram as comfortable as possible. If you do experience mild discomfort, your technologist can make adjustments to relieve any pain.

7. What types of mammograms are available?

Sanford Health offers 3D mammography at most locations. 3D mammography, an advanced form of screening, is the most effective tool for diagnosing breast cancer.

8. How long do mammograms take?

Mammogram appointments are quick. Your total appointment time, from the moment you arrive to the time you leave, will take less than 25 minutes.

9. Are mammograms dangerous?

Mammograms are a safe, effective way for diagnosing breast cancer. Since breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women, it’s important to get your annual mammogram.

10. When can I stop getting mammograms?

Your provider can help you determine when to stop getting mammograms. Most medical professionals recommend getting a mammogram every year until your life expectancy is less than five years.

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Posted In Cancer, Cancer Screenings, Family Medicine, Healthy Living, Imaging, Women's