Making Breast Cancer Screening More Accessible and Convenient

Dr. Ryan Polselli

October 6, 2022

 

 

 

 

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women and the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 40 and 50. Early detection is critical to surviving breast cancer, which is why it’s so important for women to get screened regularly. Unfortunately, traditional screening methods can be inconvenient and even inaccessible for some women. In this blog post, we’ll explore some ways to make breast cancer screening more accessible and convenient.

One way to make breast cancer screening more convenient is to offer mobile mammography units. These units are essentially self-contained mobile mammography clinics that can be brought directly to a patient’s home or workplace. Mobile units have all of the same equipment as a traditional mammography clinic, but they’re much smaller and more maneuverable, making them ideal for bringing to underserved communities or areas with limited access to healthcare.

Another way to make breast cancer screening more convenient is to offer extended hours at mammography clinics. Many women struggle to find time to schedule a mammogram during traditional business hours, so offering extended hours or weekend appointments can be a huge help. Additionally, some clinics now offer walk-in appointments so that women can get screened on their schedule.

Companies like MammoLink are working with ob/gens and family care practitioners to make mammograms available during regular office visits. Dr. Ryan Polselli, a breast imaging advocate, believes that more women would get mammograms if they were a part of their annual physical. Not having to make a separate appointment or travel to a different location makes the process less troublesome. The “just get it done all at once” has great potential.

Finally, many insurance companies are now covering 3D mammograms as part of their basic coverage plans. 3D mammography is a newer type of screening that produces clear, three-dimensional images of the breasts, making it easier for radiologists to detect abnormalities. In the past, 3D mammograms have been considered too expensive for widespread use, but insurance coverage is beginning to change that.

Breast cancer is a serious problem facing women today, but early detection is key to surviving the disease. There are many ways to make breast cancer screening more accessible and convenient, from mobile units to extended hours and walk-in appointments. Additionally, insurance companies are beginning to cover newer technologies like 3D mammography. Making breast cancer screening more accessible and convenient will save lives.