Mammograms can reveal nearly 90 percent of breast cancers as early as two years before a lump can be felt, giving you the best chance for successful treatment. Beginning at age 40, all women with average risk should have an annual mammogram. It generally takes 30 minutes or less, and you can easily find appointment times at OhioHealth that fit your schedule. No prescription is needed for a screening mammography for women 40 and older.
Not all locations offer online scheduling, including Mansfield, Shelby, O'Bleness and Morrow County hospitals, as well as Riverside Women's Center. Please call those locations to make your mammogram appointment.
At OhioHealth, women with limited financial resources or medical insurance coverage may be eligible for assistance in paying for their mammogram. To ask about financial assistance options, please call your mammography location.
For several years, OhioHealth has offered advanced 3D digital mammography, known as breast tomosynthesis, to patients who require specialized testing because of dense breast tissue or a history of breast cancer. You may benefit from a 3D digital mammogram if you’re an individual:
Due to billing changes in healthcare, there will be an additional charge for 3D mammography that may be covered by your insurance. Check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment.
Risk factors for breast cancer include those you cannot change, such as family history, and those you can, such as lack of exercise. Know what may be putting you at risk, and talk with your doctor about ways you can change or manage it.
One of the most important things you can do to manage your breast health is to perform a monthly self-exam. This will help you become familiar with how your breasts normally feel. Talk to your doctor, if you notice any changes.
Use the pads of your three middle fingers on your left hand to check your right breast. Use your right hand for your left breast.
Lie down on your back with a folded towel under your shoulder. Press using light, medium and firm pressure in a circle without lifting your fingers off the skin.
Follow an up and down pattern. Feel for changes in your breast, above and below your collarbone and in your armpit.
Look at your breasts in the mirror in these four positions. Look for any changes from normal.