Breast Cancer Screening

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If you're a woman, you have a 1 in 8 chance of getting breast cancer during your lifespan. You have a 1 in 35 chance of chance of dying from breast cancer. But while these odds have increased and tools to screen for and treat breast cancer have improved in the last few decades, don't neglect your risk.

You should know their risk level and perform regular breast self-exams to check for lumps. When we find breast cancer early, you have a 98 percent chance of making the five-year survival rate. 

Advanced Screening Tools

At UVA, our diagnostics include today’s most sophisticated tools, including:

  • Mammography
  • Digital mammography provides fast, exact results 
  • 3D mammography, detects very small cancers and rules out false positives
  • Screening MRI can locate breast cancers that mammograms might miss 
  • Automated breast ultrasound uses sounds waves to map the location and size of breast lumps
  • Stereotactic biopsy finds the exact location of a breast lump or suspicious area 

Dedicated Breast Radiologists

Radiologist Jennifer Harvey, MD discusses the benefits of having dedicated breast radiologists at UVA Cancer Center. View transcript.

mammogram on a van

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Our mobile mammography coach brings comprehensive screening services to women at workplaces and community locations throughout Virginia. 


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Financial Aid for Mammograms

Every Woman's Life offers three important health exams: Pap tests, breast exams and mammograms for women ages 40-64 who are not covered by Medicare. The program covers the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange, and the City of Charlottesville.

Women must qualify based on income, age and other factors.