Getting a Mammogram During COVID-19
Helen A. Pass, MD, FACS, Co-Director, Stamford Health Breast Center, Chief of Breast Surgery
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Many women have postponed getting a mammogram due to concerns of exposure to COVID-19. It is, however, very important to stay up to date with preventive care no matter what, especially when it comes to cancer screening tests like mammograms.
1. Is it safe to get a mammogram during COVID-19?
Yes, it's safe. Skipping your mammogram during COVID-19 could have serious health consequences, since early detection of breast cancer still offers the best chance for effective treatment.
You can be assured that the Stamford Breast Health Center is a women's health clinic dedicated to safely providing screening mammography during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Here are some changes you can expect for everyone's safety during COVID-19:
- Shortened registration process with pre-registration the day before your mammogram
- Appropriate social distancing measures throughout the center
- Temperature checks when you arrive
- COVID-19 screening questions, including travel history
- Required mask wearing for all patients and staff during the entire visit
- Limiting the number of patients in our waiting rooms
- Having the option to wait for results or be called the same day with results
2. I understand it's safe to get a mammogram during COVID-19. So when should I get a mammogram?
At Stamford Health, we join our medical colleagues from around the nation in recommending annual mammography in women 40 and older. When breast cancer is detected early, you have a much better chance of survival. Getting a yearly mammogram starting at age 40 is the best way to detect breast cancer at its earlier stages.
40% percent of all the years of life saved by mammography are among women in their 40's, so you should continue to get screening mammography every year, for as long as you are healthy.
See the top 10 reasons to get a mammogram right now.
3. What are my chances of getting breast cancer?
If you think you could be a greater than average risk - from either personal or family history - your doctor can give you guidance on starting screening earlier. and, if needed, connect you to Stamford Health's high-risk breast program.
4. How do I schedule a mammogram at Stamford Health?
If you have not had this important cancer screening test, please book an appointment at one of Stamford Health's four breast imaging centers.
Remember to book your annual mammogram at Stamford Health’s Breast Center. You can choose from one of four convenient locations.