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Published on October 07, 2020

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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Getting a yearly mammogram starting at age 40 is the best way to detect breast cancer at its earlier stages. If cancer is detected early, you have a much better chance of survival. This is why we join our medical colleagues from around the nation in recommending annual mammography in women 40 and older. Forty percent of all the years of life saved by mammography are among women in their 40's. Women should continue to get screening mammography every year, for as long as they are healthy.

In these challenging times, many women have postponed getting a mammogram due to concerns of exposure to COVID-19. But, many national organizations are urging women not to delay care any longer. 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.

It is very important to stay up to date with preventive care. If you have not had this important screening, please contact your primary care physician or gynecologist at your earliest convenience.

Also, 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.

You can be assured that the Stamford Breast Health Center is dedicated to safely providing screening mammography during the COVID-19 public health emergency and has made many changes to the process.

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

Remember to book your annual mammogram at Stamford Health’s Breast Center. You can choose from one of four convenient locations.

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