Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: When to Get Screened


The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) lists breast cancer as a leading cause of cancer death among women in Texas.  

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women 50 to 74 get a mammogram every other year. Women with extra risk factors could start annual screenings at age 40. 

Finding breast cancer early makes it easier to treat. APH encourages individuals to get regular breast screening since it is the most effective way to fight breast cancer. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more about your screening options and recommendations.  

Uninsured and underinsured women who are below the federal poverty level in Texas may be eligible to apply for free breast cancer screenings and diagnostic services such as clinical breast examinations, mammograms and breast biopsies. Eligibility requirements can be found on the DSHS website

Screening for breast cancer is available at clinics, hospitals and doctors’ offices. You can use this mammography facility finder tool from the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to find a screening facility near you.