Screening mammograms are available without a physician order

You know you should get one, but you keep putting it off. Or maybe you had one once and just haven’t been back.

According to Dr. Amelia Tower, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon with Houston Methodist Breast Surgery Partners, annual mammograms starting at age 40 are an important tool in the fight against breast cancer.

“By now, everyone has heard that early detection can save lives. But women also need to understand that breast cancer can occur at any age and that risk increases with age,” said Tower. “The key to finding and treating breast cancer early is to begin and continue screening.”

A few statistics to consider:

  • More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
  • For every 1,000 women screened, five are diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Since 1990, mammography has helped reduce U.S. breast cancer deaths by nearly 40 percent.

Location matters

What’s equally important is where you have your mammogram. The Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at Sugar Land is not only staffed by renowned breast radiologists, but our Breast Care Center is the leading breast imaging facility in Fort Bend County.

They offer top-rated diagnostic services, including 3-D mammography, digital mammography, diagnostic ultrasound, breast MRI, MRI-guided biopsy, ultrasound biopsy and stereotactic biopsy.

Should your care need to extend beyond your yearly mammogram, the dedicated breast care nurse navigator will guide you through the emotional and complex journey — so you can focus on healing.

Scheduling a mammogram is easy

With online scheduling, it’s easier than ever to schedule a screening at your convenience — any time of day. It only takes a few minutes, and you will receive a reminder email to make sure you don’t forget about your lifesaving appointment. In fact, physician orders are no longer required for screening mammograms, so scheduling your mammogram just got even easier. You will still need a physician to receive and review your results, so if you haven’t been to your doctor in a while, one of our breast surgeons will be assigned to you.

To schedule your mammogram today at the Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at Sugar Land, go to or call 281-242-PINK (7465).

For more information about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit or call 281-274-7500 to find a doctor in your area.


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