Frequently Asked Questions About Screening Mammograms at MSK

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This information will explain screening mammograms (X-rays of your breast) at MSK, and how to schedule one.

Screening mammograms are for people without any breast symptoms.  You may be eligible to have a screening mammogram even if you have had cancer. For more information, read the “How do I know if I can get a screening mammogram?” section.

If you do have symptoms, such as breast lumps or discharge from your breasts, tell your healthcare provider. You may be able to get a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound to evaluate your symptoms.

If you are lactating (producing breast milk), be sure to tell your healthcare provider. You should breastfeed or express your milk before your mammogram. You should empty your breasts as much as possible. 

For more information, read Getting a Screening Mammogram at MSK.

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How do I know if I can get a screening mammogram? 

You can get a screening mammogram if:

  • You have no issues with your breasts, such as a lump, nipple discharge, or focal pain (pain in one area of your breast).
  • Your most recent mammogram, ultrasound, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was either negative or had benign (not cancerous) results.
  • You haven’t been treated for breast cancer in the past 3 years.
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How do I schedule a screening mammogram?

  • If your MSK provider is ordering your mammogram, their office will schedule it for you. You can also call 646-227-3700 to make an appointment.
  • If your healthcare provider outside of MSK is ordering your mammogram, ask them to first fax the prescription with their name, address, and phone number to 646-227-7259. Then call us to schedule at 833-376-1194. We can’t do a mammogram without this prescription, so you may want to also bring a copy of it to your appointment.
  • You may have had mammograms, breast imaging, or other exams done somewhere else. Ask them to send us a CD of your imaging exams before your appointment. This will let us compare your new results to your older ones. Please contact the MSK location where you are scheduled to have your mammogram for mailing instructions.
  • If you need any more tests after your screening mammogram, such as more mammographic views or an ultrasound, we will contact you.
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