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 dhs.wisconsin.gov/wwwp.
In Milwaukee, women may call 414-286-2133 or visit 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 Froedtert & MCW health care providers 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 & MCW health network 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
Mammograms and the COVID-19 Vaccine – What You Should Know
Swelling of the lymph nodes is a known side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine. Although it is temporary and not harmful, these enlarged lymph nodes may be seen on your mammogram. Because swollen lymph nodes can indicate breast cancer, we may call you back for additional evaluation and possible follow-up imaging. To avoid this, please schedule your mammogram before your first COVID-19 vaccination or four weeks after your second-dose vaccination.
Virtual Visits Are Available
Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We’ll gather your medical records for you and get our experts’ input so we can offer treatment options without an in-person visit. To schedule a virtual visit, call 1-866-680-0505.
Cancer and the COVID-19 Vaccine
There is currently no data that suggests current or former cancer patients should avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Cancer can weaken your immune system, so we recommend that most patients get the vaccine as soon as possible.