If you're a woman, you have a 1 in 8 chance of getting breast cancer. You can manage this risk. Do self breast exams and get regular mammograms. You can also see the breast cancer screening experts at UVA Health. We'll make sure you get the right type of screening for your personal risk level and needs.
Mammograms save lives. The sooner you get to breast cancer, the better your odds of survival.
Mammograms & COVID
Worried about the COVID-19 vaccine affecting your mammogram? Read FAQs about mammograms and the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Right Mammogram for You
At UVA Health, we're committed to early detection and making sure you get what you need. We work with today’s most sophisticated tools. You'll find that we have mammograms for high-risk people, for dense breast tissue, and more.
We can tailor each of our screening tools for people with:
- No history or symptoms of breast cancer
- A previous diagnosis of cancer
- Signs of cancer or an abnormality
Men Need Mammograms, Too
It's rare for a man to need a mammogram. But symptoms should get checked out. Transgender men need regular screenings as well.
See the symptoms of breast cancer in men.
UVA Breast Care Center
In October 2020, UVA Health opened a Breast Care Center in Albemarle County. The center's design makes it easier to get breast care in a single, convenient location. View UVA Breast Care Center transcript.
About 40% of women in the U.S. have dense tissue in their breasts. This can make it hard for regular mammograms to catch early signs of cancer.
Your doctor will tell you if you have dense breasts. The radiologist rates tissue density based on your mammogram results.
If you do have dense breast tissue, we have several tools we can choose to create clear scans.
Types of Breast Cancer Screening Tools
Our advanced imaging tools can do both screening exams and diagnostic exams.
If you have no history or signs of cancer, you need a screening.
If you've had cancer before or have symptoms now, you need a diagnostic test.
We can adjust or combine technologies to increase the accuracy of a tool, as needed.
Mammograms at UVA
At UVA, 3D mammography is our first-line tool for breast cancer screening. More accurate than the 2D kind, we can detect more cancers with 3D mammograms.
If you have a high breast cancer risk or dense tissue, mammograms alone aren't always enough. High-tech, sensitive tools that produce exact images can add a layer of protection. These tools can catch cancers that mammograms alone might miss.
Find out what these exams have to offer:
Visit the Van
Our mobile mammography coach brings comprehensive screening services to women at workplaces and community locations throughout Virginia.
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. If you would like to find out if you are eligible for the program, please complete the following survey: Every Woman's Life Screening Questionnaire.