Mammograms can be awkward. There’s also the toll of increased anxiety about potential cancer, confronting your own mortality, and finding time in your already busy schedule. To be sure, these are all real concerns, but they don’t change the fact mammograms are currently the best way to detect breast cancer.
According to Intermountain Healthcare guidelines, women at average risk for breast cancer should begin annual screening mammography at the age of 40 — and should continue screening for as long as they're healthy. Intermountain and The American Cancer Society agree that to save lives, screening should begin at age 40, because 20 percent of breast cancers occur in women younger than 50. This means it's important that women not wait until they are 50 to start screening.
Intermountain Healthcare is making it easier than ever to sign up for a mammogram. Simply fill out the request form below and we will contact you to schedule an appointment. Even if your doctor doesn't mention it to you, you can make an appointment. If you require a diagnostic mammogram or an ultrasound, you may be required to have a physician’s order. Check with your health insurance provider to learn more about what is covered by your plan.