The Power of 2™

Get a mammogram. Challenge a friend. That’s the Power of 2.

Making mammograms a tradition since 2004

In 2004, Sara, a breast cancer nurse for Baylor Scott & White Health, had an idea to inspire her co-workers to get mammograms every year. She thought if she made it a group effort, it would be impossible to skip.

Over 15 years later, the tradition is still going strong with eight ladies who have become lifelong friends. Sara says the key is making it fun and easy. So she schedules the appointment for all of them at the same time each year. They go together, get their mammograms and celebrate afterwards at a local restaurant. Since these fab friends began getting mammograms together, only Sara has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Today she is cancer free and already looking forward to next year’s appointment with her friends. Proof that getting regular mammograms really does save lives.

Mammograms save lives. Friends can, too.

As a healthy mom and wife living in Sherman, Montserrat takes very good care of herself and schedules her mammograms regularly. So you can imagine her surprise when she discovered a lump upon doing a self exam. Montserrat took action immediately and reached out to Baylor Scott & White Health to schedule a diagnostic 3D screening. She was grateful for how easy it was to get in and she even got her results the very same day. All clear! 

Montserrat was so relieved, she even told her neighbor, Alejandra, about her experience. Turns out, Alejandra was also having similar concerns. After hearing Montserrat’s story, Alejandra quickly scheduled her diagnostic 3D screening appointment. She too was all clear! Both ladies credit Baylor Scott & White Health for making them feel heard and reassuring them that they did the right thing. That’s The Power of 2 in action.

Never underestimate the power of family

Debbie’s family has always done everything together. Sunday dinners, taking walks, traveling and even fighting breast cancer. In fact, they beat it four times. As a family. First, her mom got it, then she did, then her sister, then Debbie again. They credit each other and their faith for getting through it with such incredible strength and positivity. Throughout the journey, they have encouraged each other to continue getting annual mammograms and doing self exams.

With every diagnosis, this family relied on Baylor Scott & White Health for care and treatment. The nurses and doctors have become more than a medical team, they’re like family to Debbie, her mom and sister. Today, they are all cancer free and are planning their next adventure to Yellowstone National Park. Together, of course. Their story truly embodies the Power of 2 backed by the power of many.

Mammogram screening recommendations

We support recommendations that women of average risk for breast cancer begin annual screening mammograms at age 40.

Baylor Scott & White Health encourages you to discuss the benefits, risks, and limitations of mammograms with your doctor.

Mammogram myths and facts

  • Myth: I don't need a mammogram
    Fact: Mammograms are a smart move for every woman over 40, regardless of health status or family history.
  • Myth: It's too much radiation exposure
    Fact: A mammogram exposes you to about the same amount of radiation as taking a transatlantic flight. The mammogram radiation risk is very small compared to the benefits.
  • Myth: It will be painful
    Fact: Mammograms generally cause mild discomfort at most, and compression is used for a very short time.
  • I don't have time
    Fact: You can easily schedule a mammogram online, and you’ll usually be in and out in 30 minutes. That’s a half-hour well spent.

Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about your mammogram.

  • What is a mammogram?
    A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt.
  • Do you need a doctor's order for a mammogram?
    Routine mammogram screening does not require an order from a referring physician. However, if you are having new breast problems, have a recent history of breast cancer or need a follow-up to a previous mammogram, an order is required from your referring physician.
  • What are the benefits of mammography?
    Mammograms give you peace of mind about your breast health. They can save lives by detecting breast abnormalities without signs or symptoms in their earliest stages.
  • What age should you get a mammogram?
    The American College of Radiologists and Society of Breast Surgeons recommend women begin their annual mammogram screenings at age 40.
  • How do you prepare for a mammogram?
    On the day of your mammogram, please do not use any lotions, powders or deodorant in the underarm or breast area. Because you will have to undress from the waist up, we suggest you wear a comfortable two-piece outfit.
  • What do you need to bring to a mammogram appointment?
    You’ll need to bring your driver’s license and proof of insurance, if applicable, to the mammogram appointment. The Affordable Care Act dictates that routine screening mammograms be given without a co-pay or deductible. If this is not your first mammogram, also bring your previous images or have them sent to the facility prior to your appointment for comparison purposes. We can help you with this process if needed.
  • Do mammograms hurt?
    Discomfort during a mammogram varies from patient to patient. Most women, however, only have mild discomfort, like a pressure or squeezing sensation. Your technologist will work with you to try to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
  • How long does a mammogram take?
    A mammogram is a fairly quick procedure. Typically, the entire process takes about 15 minutes. After a mammogram, a technician checks the image for quality. The appointment may take slightly longer if the image needs retaking for greater clarity or because it does not include the entire breast.
  • Is there a risk of radiation exposure with a mammogram?
    Mammograms do use a small amount of radiation, but special care is taken to make sure it’s the lowest amount possible. For most women, the benefits of mammography outweigh the potential risk of radiation exposure.
  • What is a 3D mammogram?
    3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, produces 3D images of your breast tissue in 1 mm slices, allowing for greater visibility of breast tissue. It can be done in conjunction with the traditional 2D mammogram. State law now requires that 3D mammogram screenings be covered by insurance in most instances. Please confirm with your insurance company regarding these benefits.
  • Are you eligible for a 3D mammogram?
    All women who are eligible for traditional 2D mammograms are also eligible for 3D mammography. Additionally, research has shown that a 3D mammogram is particularly helpful for women with dense breasts. However, we recommend that you check with your insurance provider to ensure it is covered under your plan.
  • How long does it take to get mammogram results?
    In most cases, screening mammograms are read within a few hours of your exam. Your results will be provided by email. If an email address is not provided, a paper copy of your mammogram results will be mailed to your home.
  • What if you are called back after a mammogram?
    Mammogram screenings are meant to detect abnormalities that might exist. When changes in the appearance of the breast tissue are detected, additional mammography images and/or a breast ultrasound may be required. In most cases, this does not indicate breast cancer.