Breast Health | NYC Health + Hospitals

Breast Health

At NYC Health + Hospitals, we understand the concerns women may have about developing breast cancer. We recommend that women aged 50 to 74 years old have a mammogram every two years. Women 40 to 49 and over 74 should talk to their doctor and decide whether to have screening.

A mammogram is an X-ray of your breast and surrounding tissue. It can detect cancer in its early stages when treatment has been shown to be most effective.

Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Living a healthy life from an early age can help reduce your chances of getting breast cancer. Here is a list of good habits to develop and questions to ask your doctor:

  • Watch your weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Stop smoking
  • Limit alcohol use, no more than one drink per day
  • Ask your doctor about the risks of taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills
  • Limit exposure to radiation from medical imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, and PET scans
  • Breastfeed your children

Some Warning Signs of Breast Cancer Should be Checked by Your Doctor

Some women have signs and symptoms of breast cancer and some have none. Symptoms may include:

  • A new lump in the breast or underarm
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast
  • Dimpling of breast skin
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast
  • Pulling in of the nipple
  • Pain in the breast

How Can I Find Out if I Have Breast Cancer?

A mammogram is the best test for finding breast cancer early. It is a series of X-ray pictures of the breast that allow doctors to look for early signs of breast cancer.

We recommend that women aged 50 to 74 years old have a mammogram every two years. Women 40 to 49 and over 74 should talk to their doctor and decide whether to have screening.

What to Expect

We make it easy and stress-free for you to get regular mammogram screenings. Here’s what you should know about the test:

  • The procedure takes no more than 20 minutes
  • The X-ray machine uses very low doses of radiation to take pictures of your breast tissue
  • Your breast will be compressed between two plates briefly – only for a few seconds
  • The procedure does not hurt, though you may feel brief discomfort

Financial Assistance for Mammograms

If you are uninsured or underinsured, we can help. Hospitals that are part of the NYC Health + Hospitals health care system offer mammograms at little or no cost.* If you have no insurance, speak to one of our bi-lingual financial counselors to see if you qualify for financial assistance.

Contact Us

We offer breast cancer screening at most of our locations throughout New York City. Find a hospital or health center that is part of NYC Health + Hospitals near you to schedule your mammogram, or call one of the phone numbers listed below.

Brooklyn

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
2601 Ocean Parkway
718-616-3000

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland
100 North Portland Avenue
718-260-7855

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, East New York
2094 Pitkin Avenue
718-240-0577

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
451 Clarkson Avenue
718-245-3131

NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull
760 Broadway
718-963-8000

Bronx

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
1400 Pelham Parkway South
718-918-4716

NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
234 East 149th Street
718-579-5550

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania
1225 Gerard Avenue
718-960-2900

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
3424 Kossuth Avenue
718-519-3092

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Belvis
545 East 142nd Street
718-579-4010

Manhattan

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
462 First Avenue
212-562-4384

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur
227 Madison Street
212-238-7510

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
506 Lenox Avenue
212-939-4290 or 4291

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
1901 First Avenue
212-423-7993

Queens

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
79-01 Broadway
718-334-2424

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
82-68 164th Street
718-883-3000

Staten Island

NYC Health + Hospitals/Sea View
460 Brielle Avenue
718-CONNECT or 718-266-6328

* If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed. You are responsible for paying any co-payments. Mammograms are provided based on the provider’s clinical assessment.

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