Not sure which direction to take? Worried about your health? These helpful resources can you help you along the way!

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breast used to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms play a key role in early breast cancer detection and help decrease breast cancer deaths.

During a mammogram, your breasts are compressed between two firm surfaces to spread out the breast tissue. Then an X-ray captures black-and-white images of your breasts that are displayed on a computer screen and examined by a doctor who looks for signs of cancer.

If you are age 40 through 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.

If you are age 50 to 74, get mammograms every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often. Together, you and your doctor can decide what’s best for you. Like all medical tests, mammograms have pros and cons. These pros and cons change with your age and your risk for breast cancer. Use the questions below to start a conversation with your doctor about mammograms.  Download

Genetic Testing

If you have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, you are more likely to develop breast or ovarian cancer. Talk with your doctor about genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer if:

  1. Two or more close family members (parents, sisters, or children) have had breast or ovarian cancer
  2. A close family member had breast cancer before age 50
  3. A close family member has had cancer in both breasts
  4. A family member has had both breast and ovarian cancer
  5. You are of Eastern European Jewish heritage

If genetic tests show that you are at higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer, you and your doctor can discuss options for lowering your risk.  Download

Family History Worksheet

Take advantage of one of the most powerful health screening tools your family’s medical history. Although you can’t control the genes you inherit, knowing your risk will allow you to help prevent certain diseases. Use the worksheet below to document your family’s health history. Click here to print your Family History Form. Download

Ovarian Cancer Early Detection

This critical scientific journal gives insight on the identification of early detection biomarkers specific to ovarian cancer. Get a printable version here! Download

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

The symptoms of ovarian cancer mimic so many other less dangerous conditions. This link provides a fact sheet on early warning signs. Download

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