Schedule a Mammogram
Have you had your annual mammogram yet?
One-in-eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.A yearly mammogram is the most effective method for detecting breast cancer early, when it is most treatable and beatable.
According to the American College of Radiology, a yearly mammogram can identify cancer years before any symptoms develop, significantly increasing survivability. Preventive screenings are key to early diagnosis.
Scheduling your mammogram with Florida Hospital Waterman has never been easier.
- 30-minute appointments*
- No script needed**
- Extended hours
- Valet parking
* $30 screening mammograms are offered October 1-31, 2018. Screening appointment times may vary. Mammogram results are not part of the 30-minute appointment.
** Women do not need a physician’s order for a screening mammogram if you are 40+ years of age, have no breast symptoms and have not had a mammogram in the last year.
Top Mammogram Myths
Myth: Mammograms are painful.
Fact: Mammograms may be uncomfortable, but should not be painful. With the transition to digital mammography, the level of discomfort you experience should be much less due to the new design of the compression paddles. The paddles flex with your body, applying pressure only where needed. In addition, digital exams are quicker, and the compression time is less.
Compression is important, because:
- It spreads the breast tissue more evenly for better visualization of the anatomy and potential abnormalities.
- It lowers radiation dose, since a thinner amount of breast tissue is imaged.
- It immobilizes the breast to prevent blurring of the images caused by motion.
Tips for a more comfortable mammogram:
- Schedule your mammogram 10 to 14 days after the start of your menstrual cycle; the breasts are usually less tender.
- Avoid caffeine a week before your mammogram; it can make the breasts tender.
- If you experience pain, inform the technologist — some simple repositioning may help. Our friendly staff members are sensitive to your needs and want to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Myth: The radiation from a mammogram can cause cancer.
Fact: Mammograms are very safe. Digital mammography uses the lowest radiation dose required to produce clear and precise exam images.
Myth: Mammograms cost too much.
Fact: Many insurance companies cover the cost of a screening mammogram, if you meet the criteria. Information about coverage of mammograms is available at 352-253-3700.
Myth: A mammogram takes too long; I have no time.
Fact: Exams usually take less time with digital mammography, and you are typically in and out for a screening mammogram in less than 30 minutes. You can schedule a same or next-day appointment for your convenience.