We Offer State-of-the-Art Mammograms across Central Minnesota

Mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. During your mammogram at CentraCare, our team will assist you through the process and answer any questions you might have. We have some of the most advanced equipment available for more detailed and accurate results.

Preparing for Your Mammogram

While it can be slightly uncomfortable, a mammogram is generally not a painful or difficult experience. After talking to your doctor about how often you should receive this important screening, you should schedule your mammogram the week following your period, when your breasts are the least tender. Our team will do everything possible to make your mammogram more comfortable and convenient.

Some basic tips for mammogram preparation:

  • Bring previous results with you if you have had a mammogram before
  • If you find mammograms uncomfortable, consider taking ibuprofen an hour before your appointment
  • You will have to remove your top, so wear a two-piece outfit.
  • Do not use deodorant, powder or skin lotion as these can interfere with results
  • Cut down on caffeine and sugar in the three days leading to your appointment
  • Speak up if you have questions or are in pain during the exam

Screening vs Diagnostic Mammograms

There are two common types of mammograms: screening and diagnostic. Find out more about the differences between the two and when a clinician may recommend one or the other. Learn more now (PDF)

Minnesota’s Free Mammogram Program

Breast cancer screening is an important part of a woman’s health care that should be accessible to everyone. If you are worried about your ability to afford a mammogram, our staff will be happy to help you explore options for financial aid. You may be eligible for a free screening through the Minnesota SAGE program. To qualify for SAGE, you must:

  • Be a woman age 40 or over without health insurance
  • Have health insurance, but the co-pay is too high or your insurance does not cover Pap tests or mammograms
  • Earn a gross household income that does not exceed guidelines
  • Not be enrolled in any other medical assistance programs

To learn more about the SAGE program, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website or call 888-643-2584.

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