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Breast Cancer Screening

What are we tracking and why? 

Early detection of breast cancer can greatly increase your treatment options, reduce health care costs, and improve the effectiveness of your treatment. We track the percentage of women ages 52-74 who had at least one mammogram in the past two years.

How are we doing? 

What are we doing to improve? 

We take proactive steps to make sure our patients are offered every opportunity to meet the recommended guidelines for breast cancer screenings. We:
  • Allow self-referrals for mammograms.
  • Offer appointments in our Breast Care Center every other weekend.
  • Systematically check our patients’ health records to determine the date of their last mammogram, and contact them by phone, email (via Secure Messaging), or mail, if they are due for a mammogram.
  • Provide continuing education for our providers on breast cancer screenings and guidelines.
  • Increase patient awareness during health fairs.

What can you do? 

If you are a woman between the ages of 50-74, you should schedule a mammogram at least every two years. If you have a family history of breast cancer, or a personal history of cancer, you may need screening more frequently, or use different imaging studies such as an ultrasound or MRI. Talk with your healthcare provider about the frequency of screening that is right for you. Ask your healthcare provider for the date of your last mammogram, and plan ahead to schedule your next one.

If you have had a breast cancer screening at a civilian facility, provide a copy of the results to your Primary Care Medical Home team for your medical record.

We also recommend ‘breast awareness’. Breast awareness is knowing what is ‘normal’ for you, and seeing your provider if you detect a significant change.

To learn more, visit our Breast Imaging Center web page.