Questions for Your Provider – Breast Cancer Screening

Questions for your health care provider

  • Am I at a higher than average risk of breast cancer?
  • When should I begin mammography screening?
  • How often should I get a mammogram?
  • What should I do to prepare for a mammogram?
  • Is my mammogram scheduled at an FDA-certified mammography center? (To check on your own, visit the FDA website.)
  • Does the radiologist specialize in mammography?

 

If your provider doesn’t perform a clinical breast exam  

  • Would you perform a clinical breast exam today?

 

If you’re 40-49 and your provider doesn’t bring up mammography

  • Can we discuss the benefits and risks of mammography for me?

 

If you’re at higher than average risk of breast cancer

  • What screening tests do you recommend for me?

 

If you have a physical disability

  • Which mammography center can accommodate my needs?

 

If you’re pregnant

  • Can I get screened now? If so, what type of screening is safe?

 

If you’re breastfeeding

  • When and what type of screening should I get?

 

If you have breast implants

  • Which mammography center has experience in mammography for women with breast implants?

 

If you have an abnormal finding on a clinical breast exam or a mammogram

  • What follow-up tests will I have? Please describe these tests to me.

Questions for your mammography technologist

(Before the exam, let your technologist know if you are anxious or have any concerns. And, tell her if you feel any discomfort during your mammogram.)

  • How long will the mammogram take?
  • When will I get my results?

Learn more about talking with your health care provider.

Talking with your health care provider

It may be helpful to download and print Susan G. Komen®‘s Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Screening Mammograms resource and take it with you to your next doctor appointment. There’s plenty of space to write down the answers to these questions, which you can refer to later.

There are other Questions to Ask Your Doctor resources on many different breast cancer topics you may wish to download.