17 May Spread the Word. It’s National Women’s Health Week – When’s Your Next Breast Cancer Screening?
National Women’s Health Week (May 13th-19th) is all about prioritizing your health because it’s never too early or too late to invest in the healthiest version of yourself. If you’re due for your next breast cancer screening, don’t wait. The time for hesitation is over. When is now.
Call your doctor and schedule your annual well woman exam. This appointment would be a good time to discuss with your doctor about your risk of breast cancer and when to start breast cancer screening.
If you are uninsured or cannot afford your mammogram, please contact Susan G. Komen San Diego or click here for more information. Komen San Diego provides an array of support and services in the community, including free mammograms, biopsies, ultrasounds, care coordination, education and financial assistance for breast cancer patients’ most critical needs during treatment. No longer will we ask, “When should I get tested?” or “When is it okay to seek help?” The time for action is upon us.
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When to Screen for Breast Cancer
- Breast cancer screening can help find breast cancer early, when the chances of survival are highest.
- Breast cancer screening is important for all women, but women at higher risk may need breast cancer screening earlier and more often than women at average risk.
- Breast cancer screening is not recommended for most men. However, some men at higher risk should get screened.
Women Should Have Access to and Coverage for Mammography
Susan G. Komen believes all women should have access to regular screening mammograms when they and their health care providers decide it is best based on their personal risk of breast cancer. In addition, screening should be covered by insurance companies, government programs and other third-party payers. Read more from our press release.
Screening Recommendations for Women at Average Risk
- Most women have an average risk of getting breast cancer.
- Screening recommendations for women at average risk vary according to age. Learn more.
Screening Recommendations for Women at Higher Risk
- There are special breast cancer screening recommendations for some women at higher risk.
- If you are at higher risk of breast cancer, talk with your health care provider about which screening options are right for you. Learn more.
Screening Recommendations for Men at Higher Risk
- Breast cancer screening is only recommended for some men at higher risk due to an inherited gene mutation or a strong family history. Learn more.
Check out the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool. It is an interactive tool designed by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) to estimate a woman’s risk of developing invasive breast cancer.Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool