While knowing your screening options and risk factors is critical, being aware of—and demanding—your breast health rights may be the difference between life and death.


  • You have the right to an annual mammogram after the age of 40—and sometimes earlier, depending on your risk factors.
  • You have the right to have your mammogram read by doctors who spend the majority of their time reading mammograms.
  • You have the right to additional screenings (including 3-D mammograms) if you have dense breast tissue.
  • You have the right to see a physician within two days after a mass is detected.
  • You have the right to a non-surgical, needle breast biopsy.
  • You have the right to fast biopsy results, usually within five days.
  • You have the right to an MRI or breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) if you are a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient.

You have the right to advocate for yourself, because you know yourself better than anyone else.