Should I really have one?
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of your breast. It can find early stage breast cancer that may be too small for you or your doctor to feel. If you are 35 or older, or if you have a family history of breast cancer, it is wise to have a mammogram every year. It could save your life.
As you get older, your chances of getting breast cancer get higher. Cancer can show up any time and can spread very quickly once it gets started, so one mammogram is not enough. It is important to get a mammogram once each year, to do a breast self-exam every month and to have a doctor examine your breasts once each year. But remember, if you find a lump between your yearly mammograms, see your doctor right away.
Mammograms are quick and easy. You simply stand in front of an x-ray machine. The person who takes the x-rays places your breast between two plastic plates. The plates press your breast and make it flat. This may be uncomfortable for a few seconds, but it helps get a clear picture. You will have x-rays taken of each breast. A mammogram takes only a few minutes.
What if I don't have insurance?
Mammogram costs, or a percentage of them are covered by Medicare, most private health plans, and Medicaid. In addition, free mammograms are available in most communities. In Texas, several community organizations offer free mammograms to women who qualify. To find out were you can get a mammogram click on the following links:
Texas Department of Health Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening - Austin
The Bridge Breast Center: Linking low-income women with diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer
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