Understanding Your Mammogram Results

understanding your results breast 1The Screening Program for Breast Cancer will notify you and your healthcare provider whether your mammogram was normal or whether you need a follow-up test.

What if my screening result is normal?

If the result of your mammogram is normal, you can return to the screening program for a mammogram in two years. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you will be asked to return in one year. The screening program will send you a letter when it’s time to make your appointment.

What if my screening result is abnormal?

If the result of your mammogram is abnormal, you will receive a phone call from your healthcare provider or from the screening program’s nurse navigator. The nurse navigator is a registered nurse who will provide you with support and information about your result and the recommended follow-up tests. With your healthcare provider’s permission, the nurse navigator will also arrange for your follow-up appointments.

Can all breast cancers be seen on a mammogram?

A small number of breast cancers are not seen on a mammogram. Therefore, in addition to having regular screening mammograms, it is important to:

  • Know how your breasts normally look and feel
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you notice any changes in your breasts

For more information about your mammogram result, please contact your healthcare provider or a screening program nurse navigator toll-free at 1-855-584-8228.

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