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Q: Is it safe to reschedule my mammogram?

If you're due for a mammogram, or your mammogram was postponed due to COVID-19, it's time to reschedule. Now that Maui has "flattened the curve" and case numbers on the island are low, many healthcare providers are offering mammograms again, including Maui Memorial Medical Center.

We know that many women are concerned about COVID-19. But skipping or postponing cancer screenings can be risky. Doctors have warned that we may see more advanced cancers in the coming months because patients were not diagnosed early when their cancers were easier to treat. While postponing a mammogram for a few months might be okay, pushing it back by six months or a year could allow undetected cancer to spread.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 45 to 54 get mammograms every year, while women age 55 and older have the option of switching to mammograms every two years. In between mammograms, you should report any breast changes to your doctor right away.

At MMMC, we're taking extra precautions to keep patients and staff safe, including screening everyone for symptoms at the door, providing face masks to everyone who enters the hospital, and testing every patient admitted to the hospital for COVID-19. All team members are given proper PPE, and we're doing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in all patient care areas.

We recently restarted our monthly mammogram program for the residents of Lanai. This program allows for Lanai residents to receive their annual mammogram at MMMC. They are also provided with education and training on how to correctly perform a breast self-exam.

Additionally, you do not need a physician referral to schedule at Maui Memorial Medical Center. We have complimentary valet parking and lots of appointment availability. We want to make it as easy as possible for you, so you don't delay your screening. Rest assured, it is safe to reschedule your mammogram and get the care you need. To schedule your mammogram at Maui Memorial Medical Center, call (808)243-3012.

Angelia Andrade
Imaging Supervisor, Maui Memorial Medical Center