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The possibility of getting breast cancer is not something anyone wants to think about. But by taking a proactive approach with regular mammogram screenings, you offer yourself the best chance of survival if you ever develop breast cancer.

This life-saving screening can detect very small changes in breast tissues. By catching the breast cancer early, often times before a lump can even be felt, you are more likely to survive the disease.

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, the organization that sets screening guidelines for doctors, recommends that women age 50 to 74 years get a mammogram every two years. However, your doctor may recommend starting screening earlier based on your risk factors. Most insurances will cover mammogram screenings starting at age 40 without a doctor’s prescription, but you should check with your insurance to verify coverage. Free and low-cost screening is also available for those who qualify. Call 1-800-227-2345 for more information.

UCF Mobile Mammography Event Sept. 26

For your convenience, UCF Health is holding a Mobile Mammography Event Sept. 26.

The mobile mammogram screening unit will be located at UCF Health’s East Orlando office, located just blocks from the main UCF campus, on Monday, Sept. 26. Appointments are available by calling 407-303-1615. Most insurances are accepted. Patients must be age 40 or older and not currently experiencing any breast concerns.

Weekly Health Tips are brought to you by UCF Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice. Offering primary and specialty care under one roof, UCF Health treats patients age 16 and up in primary care and age 18 and up for specialty care. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Two locations are now open: the original in East Orlando at Quadrangle and University boulevards just blocks from the main UCF campus, and the newest one in Medical City at Narcoossee Road and Tavistock Lakes Boulevard. Information for both facilities can be found at, or call (407) 266-DOCS to schedule an appointment.

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