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How to Obtain a Mammogram

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. Mammograms are the best method to find breast cancer early when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.

If you are between the ages of 50 and 74 years old, it is recommended to get a mammogram every 1-2 years.

If you are between the ages 40 and 49, talk to your health care provider about when and how often you should have a mammogram.

The North Carolina Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) provides free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings and follow-up services to eligible women in North Carolina. NC BCCCP is offered at most local health departments and some other agencies across the state.

To find your county’s BCCCP provider, please call (919) 707-5330 or visit

Who is eligible for the BCCCP program?

Women are eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • Uninsured or underinsured;

  • Without Medicare Part B or Medicaid;

  • Ages 40-64 for breast cancer screenings services and 21-64 for cervical cancer screenings; and

  • Have a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level

For more information on the BCCCP program, how to obtain financial assistance for a mammogram, and how to schedule a mammogram if you do have insurance, please read the following materials below.

Para obtener más información sobre el programa BCCCP, cómo obtener asistencia financiera para una mamografía y cómo programar una mamografía si tiene seguro, lea los siguientes materiales a continuación.

BCCCP (English)
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BCCCP (Spanish)
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Mammo Appt Scheduling (English)
Download PDF • 159KB

Mammo Appt Scheduling (Spanish)
Download PDF • 161KB

Financial Assistance for Mammograms (English)
Download PDF • 194KB

Financial Assistance for Mammograms (Spanish)
Download PDF • 207KB

SPANISH- Mammogram Info
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