Breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in Arizona. More than 5,000 women in the state had a breast cancer diagnosis in 2020.
Many women receive a late diagnosis. In Arizona, women are often diagnosed at a median age of 65, while it’s recommended most women begin receiving breast cancer mammogram screenings at age 40.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is held every year in October, but it’s never too soon to check yourself for symptoms and receive a screening that could save your life.
All women should undergo a risk assessment to determine if they are at high risk of breast cancer. “High risk” includes people who:
How long does it take?
The mammography itself will likely take about 10 to 15 minutes, but you may be in the clinic for up to an hour from the time you walk in to the time you leave.
How is it done?
How does it feel?
The X-ray plate may feel cold and having your breasts flattened and compressed by the plates can be uncomfortable. Flattening your breast tissue is necessary to obtain the best images.
What happens after the mammogram?
A radiologist will interpret the images from your mammogram. The technologist who administers the test cannot interpret or discuss what they are viewing while performing the exam. A report will be sent to your physician's office and they will contact you to discuss its results.
Tips for preparing for your mammogram
Breast cancer screenings are available to all patients at the Well Woman Clinics in the map below.
All patients ages 40 to 65, as well as symptomatic patients ages 21 and older, who are uninsured or under-insured can receive free clinical breast exams and mammograms. If necessary, diagnostic tests will be covered following the screening.