For every woman aged 40 and over that makes an appointment to get a mammogram, there are countless of other woman not getting this annual exam. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for 29% of newly diagnosed cancers. And with roughly 40,000 women expected to die from breast cancer in 2013, according to the American Cancer Society figures, it’s time to change the game when it comes to women taking their annual breast exams.
This is why Mammos On the Move (MOM) was started, so that the exam now comes to you!
From the confines of a full-service, efficient and high-tech “clinic on wheels,” MOM strives to reach women far and wide to ensure that they are receiving this potentially life-saving exam.
Mammos On The Move FAQ
Q: What is the difference between a Screening Mammogram and a Diagnostic Mammogram?
A Screening Mammogram is a routine or annual mammogram for patients with now current or new breast sysmptoms or changes.A Diagnostic Mammogram is ordered by your physician because he or she is aware of your breast symptoms or changes. You should qualify for a screening mammogram if you do not have any breast problems or prior surgery for cancer.
Q: What if I notice a chance in my breast(s) when I perform my monthly breast self exam?
If you feel or see something unusual such as thickening, nipple discharge, pain or a lump call your doctor immediately, and he/she will determine your next course of care. If you have any of the above, you do not qualify for an annual, routine screening mammogram. Please contact your physician to obtain an order for your Diagnostic Mammogram.
Q: What if I have breast implants?
Mammography for implants is considered a routine annual screening procedure. If you have any breast symptoms or changes you will need to contact your physician to obtain an order for a Diagnostic Mammogram.
Q: What is a bone density test?
A bone density test is called a DXA or DEXA scan. This is not the same as a bone scan. A bone density test uses a small amount of x-ray to measure the amount of mineral in the bones of your lower back, hip or sometimes the forearm.
Q: How is a bone density test done?
You will lie on your back on a padded table wearing your street clothes or a patient gown. The machine does all the work, moving back and forth as it measures your bone density. The machine is very open and does not feel "closed in." You will not be given any injections or medications for this test.