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How To Prepare for a Mammogram

“It’s time for your first mammogram,”  your primary care physician tells you.  While everything seems normal, you’re 40 and you should start getting regular mammograms.  A little nervous about this new exam, you forget to ask how to prepare.

Worry not, here’s a great informational video from our lead mammographer, Dr. Chris Bartlett

Schedule Your Mammogram

To schedule an appointment, call 719-365-5240, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A doctor’s referral is not needed for an annual screening mammogram, but we recommend checking with your insurance company to make sure the procedure is covered.

If you have had previous mammograms at a another facility, please bring the results, including copies of the images if you have them,  with you to your appointment. Having these available to the radiologist increases the chances of detecting new abnormalities and avoiding a “call back” for stable, benign /negative findings.

The Importance of Early Detection

One out of seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. It is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Early detection increases treatment options and also improves the likelihood of a cure.

Close to 90% of breast cancers can be detected early. The following methods are your best choice for early detection:

  • Monthly breast self-examination
  • Yearly clinical breast exam by a healthcare provider
  • Mammograms according to the American Cancer Society Guidelines
    • Baseline by age 40
    • Every year starting at age 40+

To learn more about our services at the Mary Lou Beshears Breast Care Center, click here.