Mammograms to Detect Breast Cancer
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. Mammograms are the best method to detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.
The mammogram procedure takes about 30 minutes. Most patients have two pictures of each breast taken, producing a four-view screening exam. The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Breast Care Center uses all digital mammography, which produces more accurate imaging in most women.
Mammography Questions and Answers
If you can’t afford a mammogram, there are resources to help you. The Wisconsin Well Woman Program provides preventive health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage. Well Woman pays for mammograms and certain other health screenings for eligible women ages 45-64. If you do not have health insurance, or coverage for a routine screening and your income meets the program guidelines, you may qualify. For more information about the Well Woman Program in your area, call 608-266-8311, or visit dhfs.wisconsin.gov/womenshealth/wwwp.
In Milwaukee, women may call 414-286-2133 or visit www.milwaukee.gov for more information about Wisconsin Well Woman.
Early Detection: Knowledge is Empowerment
Breast cancer is a particular concern among African American women, who face a significantly higher risk of dying from the disease compared with women in other ethnic groups. In the following video, African-American women along with health care providers from Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin share their experiences with breast cancer and talk about the importance of early detection. The video is the work of a community-based research team.
Members represent a partnership between Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee community, with deep appreciation for support from the Elder Community Health Upholders. Funded by the American Cancer Society and the Froedtert Hospital Foundation. Special thanks to the courageous women who shared their stories in this video.
The Legacy of Breast Cancer - Part 1
The Legacy of Breast Cancer - Part 2