Do You Need a Mammogram?

Breast cancer screening saves lives — and getting a mammogram is safer than ever.


Early detection can be lifesaving. If you’ve put your mammogram on hold due to the pandemic, wait no more.

Safety protocols for breast screening are firmly in place, including:

  • Mandating a mask or face covering for all patients and staff
  • Screening for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry
  • Strict social distancing measures
  • Enhancing already rigorous cleaning and disinfecting practices

Need-to-Know Numbers

  • Since 1990, mammography has helped reduce breast cancer deaths by 40% in the U.S.
  • The five-year survival rate for stage I breast cancer is 98.9%
  • There are 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
  • 1 in 8 U.S. women will have breast cancer in her lifetime
  • Women of average risk should begin annual mammograms at 50 years of age
  • 1 in 6 breast cancers occur in women aged 40–49
  • 75% of breast cancer patients have no family history of breast cancer

How to Reduce Your Risk

  • Perform breast self-exams.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Stay active and exercise.
  • Eat fruits and veggies.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.

RWJBarnabas Health and RWJUH Rahway, together with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey—the state’s only NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center—provide close-to-home access to the latest treatment options. To schedule a mammogram at RWJUH Rahway, request an appointment or call (888) 724-7123.