Why Do I Need a Mammogram?
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, and one of the most treatable when detected early. Mammograms are the most effective screening procedure for the early signs of breast cancer. The American College of Radiology recommends that women of average risk get their first mammogram at age 40, and every year thereafter as long as reasonably healthy.
Below is a list of compiled questions we are frequently asked. If you have additional questions or concerns, please call (585) 922-PINK for more information.
Will my insurance pay for the test?
Preventive screenings are covered under most insurance plans.
What if I don't have insurance?
Not to worry. New York State has programs to cover screenings at no cost to you.
How will I get my results?
You will receive them by mail within 4-5 days, or sooner if you sign up with MyCare, our online patient portal.
What if my results are abnormal?
Rochester Regional Health will follow up with you and your primary care physician to schedule further testing. Don’t panic. There are many reasons why mammograms are abnormal. In fact, the American College of Radiology estimates that 1 in 10 patients who are called back for more testing are found to be cancer-free.
Can anyone get a breast screening at the Mobile Mammography Center?
The American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have any breast discomfort or problems, please consult your physician.
How do I find out what my risk factors are?
Consult with your physician to determine your risk factors. High-risk women with a family history of breast cancer should begin screening earlier and may need additional imaging. Average-risk women should get a yearly mammogram beginning at the age of 40.
Can I have a screening if I am breastfeeding?
If you are breastfeeding, consult with your physician.