Preparing for Your Visit


Make a mammogram appointment

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  • Day, evening and weekend appointments available.
If you’re over 40, you can schedule your yearly mammogram without a referral from a doctor.

Under new federal guidelines for health insurance policies, many cancer screening tests, including mammograms, are required to be covered without co-payments from patients (please check with your policy).

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

Early breast cancer usually does not cause pain and there may not be any noticeable symptoms, which is why mammography is vital. But as a cancer grows, it can cause changes that women should watch for:

  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
  • A change in the size or shape of a breast
  • Nipple discharge or tenderness, or the nipple is pulled back (inverted) into the breast
  • Ridges or pitting of the breast, so the skin looks like the skin of an orange
  • A change in the way the skin of the breast, areola, or nipple looks or feels (warm, swollen, red or scaly)
  • Pain or excessive tenderness
Patients are encouraged to keep track of any symptoms and share them with our specialists during appointment visits.  Many times, these symptoms are not cancer, but it is important to check so that any problems can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.