You have seen some strange symptoms in your breast and you know the importance of early detection. Now, you're wondering how to get screened for breast cancer. 

It is recommended that women ages 50-74 get a mammogram every two years. However, if you have a family history of breast cancer and under age 50, you should start getting mammograms sooner.  

There are different types of breast cancer screenings. They include the mammogram, breast magnetic resonance imaging, and the breast self-awareness exam.  

Here is additional information on getting screened for breast cancer.

What to Discuss During Screening

When you meet with your doctor for the screening, you want to discuss any symptoms that you believe could be a sign of breast cancer. You also want to discuss any family history of breast cancer.  

Ask questions about how the exam will be done and what will happen if cancer is discovered. These are important matters to discuss and it will benefit your health in the long run.

It’s Okay to Feel Nervous

If you've never had a mammogram or breast magnetic resonance imaging, it's okay to be nervous about the screening.  

Before you go in, research how the screening will be done. Talk to people who have had the same screening and ask them questions. This helps you feel more relaxed and confident during the screening.

Consequences of Skipping Screenings

Even if you don't have noticeable symptoms of breast cancer, it's important not to skip your screenings.  When there is prolonged undiagnosed cancer in your breast, cancer can spread to other parts of your body and have awful consequences. 

If you skip screenings, then it will be harder for cancer treatments to be effective. This might lead to death.

But Are Screenings Expensive?

Thanks to health insurance, you won't have to spend a fortune on breast cancer screenings.  Some health insurance companies offer one free mammogram each year as part of your insurance plan. In addition, there are community health clinics and nonprofit organizations that have free screenings for low-income families.   

In conclusion, it is vital that you obtain a breast cancer screening so that you can prevent cancer.

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