The next three sections include Federally Qualified Health Centers (community health centers), County Health Departments, and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCEDP). We are providing these groups as resources because, unless you have an emergency, most experts in the field believe you should see a primary physician to get a prescription for a mammogram, if needed. If something that needs further testing is found on the mammogram, then you will already have a physician to help you through the process.
The physician will perform a breast exam and determine if you need further screening. Be sure to tell your doctor about any family history of breast cancer or any unusual changes to your breast. Because most facilities require a prescription to have a mammogram, the physician whom you see would be able to provide that. Be open with your physician about your financial needs when referred for testing. Many of them will know where you can go to get a low cost or free mammogram.
THE ONLY EXCLUSION TO SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT with a physician if you don’t already have one is if you are a woman between the age of 50-64. In that scenario, you should first call the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCEDP) and discuss your needs. Further information on the BCCEDP can be found below.