‘Where’s My Mammogram?’ Campaign Encourages Women to Keep Track of Breast Images

‘Where’s My Mammogram?’ Campaign Encourages Women to Keep Track of Breast Images
Having earlier breast images for comparison greatly improve breast cancer diagnosis and patient outcomes, but many women in the U.S. either don’t know they have a legal right to previous scans or have trouble getting them. Mammosphere, a patient advocate platform, wants to change that. Called “Where’s My Mammogram?,” the public service campaign aims to empower women to become active participants in their breast health, and to enhance the benefits of regular breast cancer screening for women over 40. The effort will run through October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States, physicians are obligated, upon request, to give patients copies of their mammograms in the formats requested, and at a reasonable expense, within 30 days.  “Many women aren’t aware of the importance of having their past mammograms available for comparison at the time of screening,” Kathryn Pearson Peyton, a breast-imaging radiologist and Mammosphere founder, said in a press release. “And navigating the health care system to get those prior medical records can be daunting. Where’s My Mammogram? aims to make it easier.” Allowing physicians to compare earlier and current breast images can reduce "false positives" — cases where a cancer is suspected but does not actually exist — by up to 60 percent, Mammosphere said. In addition, 30 percent of actual cancers are caugh
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