Usually, the referring provider is a primary care physician (like an OB/GYN, internist, or family practitioner) who orders a mammogram for their patient. This means they request that their patient get a mammogram, and often send them to a specific imaging facility where they can get it done.
Who needs a mammogram after breast cancer surgery?
Women with breast implants should also have mammograms. A woman who had an implant after breast cancer surgery in which the entire breast was removed (mastectomy) should ask her doctor whether she needs a mammogram of the reconstructed breast.
Why are mammograms important?
Because they can aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases, mammograms are an important part of medical care. In fact, since 1990, mammography has helped reduce the number of breast-cancer deaths by almost one-third. Many mammography patients come in for routine screenings; others might have lumps or other signs of breast cancer.
Who should get a mammogram and how often?
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends: Women ages 50 to 74 years should get a mammogram every 2 years. Women younger than age 50 should talk to a doctor about when to start and how often to have a mammogram.
Who pays for Medicare mammograms?
Medicare pays for annual screening mammograms for all female Medicare beneficiaries who are age 40 or older. Medicare will also pay for one baseline mammogram for female beneficiaries between the ages of 35 and 39.
Are mammograms required after breast cancer surgery?
But unless you’ve had both breasts removed, you still need to have yearly mammograms on the remaining breast. To learn more, see Mammograms After Breast Cancer Surgery.
What is a mammogram after a lumpectomy?
Mammograms after a lumpectomy. A lumpectomy – which is a procedure to remove cancerous tissue – is often an option for a woman in early stage cancer. The procedure is also known as breast conserving surgery and an annual mammogram is still needed. Radiation therapy often follows a lumpectomy.
Can you get mammograms if you have breast cancer?
There are many different kinds of breast cancer surgery. The type of surgery you have had will determine whether you need to get mammograms in the future. If you have had breast-conserving surgery (BCS), you need to continue to get mammograms. If you have had a mastectomy, you most likely won’t need a mammogram of that breast.
Do you need mammograms for breast implants?
Often, a breast implant is put under the skin. This surgery leaves behind enough breast tissue to require yearly screening mammograms in these women. If you’re not sure what type of mastectomy you had or if you need to get mammograms, be sure to ask your doctor.