What is Screening?Screening is looking for the signs of a disease or condition before symptoms begin. The earlier cancer is caught, the better the chance the cancer can be put into remission.
Who Should be Screened?Women with average risk of breast cancer age 40 or older should receive yearly mammograms. Your primary care provider or gynecologist can give you a referral to an imaging center that can do the mammogram.
In Hampton Roads, mammograms are available at
Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center
100 Kingsley Lane
Norfolk, VA 23510
Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View
5838 Harbour View Blvd.
Suite 210 (Millie Lancaster Women’s Center)
Suffolk, VA 23435
Women who are at high risk of breast cancer, such as those who have a family history of breast cancer, may receive screenings starting earlier.
MammogramsA mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It is a quick procedure, with appointments taking about an hour, and can be done without any special preparation.
Mammograms are used for preventative and diagnostic screenings for breast cancer. Preventative screenings are done regularly on women who have no symptoms of breast cancer, to check for breast cancer before the cancer tumor grows large enough to cause symptoms. By catching cancer earlier, it can be treated more effectively. Diagnostic screenings are for women who suspect they may have breast cancer and need an image to confirm the presence of a tumor and see the size, shape, and position of it.