Breast cancer screening rates dropped sharply when the COVID-19 pandemic began, and for many women, getting back to scheduling their annual mammogram and other important health appointments still remains a challenge. CentraState Healthcare System just made that one item on many women’s to-do list a little bit easier by offering routine mammography screenings with no prescription required.
“No woman should go without these screenings,” says Jean Ho, RN, BSN, breast cancer nurse navigator at CentraState. “We do everything we can to break down any barriers women may face so they can get the care they need.”
The American College of Radiology recommends that women receive a screening mammogram each year starting at age 40. Women who are 40 or older, due for a routine mammography screening, and have no symptoms, will no longer need a prescription to schedule a mammogram at the Star and Barry Tobias Women’s Health Center at CentraState.
Women who come in without a prescription will have their results explained to them by one of the center’s nurse navigators. If an abnormality is detected, the nurse navigator will contact the patient’s physician. If the patient does not have a physician, the nurse navigator will even help them find one.