Why is breast cancer screening important?
Better breast cancer detection should be
every woman’s right
Breast cancer is the world’s most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among women all around the world, including India.
In fact, one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 4 minutes in India and unfortunately, more than 65% of those patients first visit the doctor when they are in late stages. By 2030, breast cancer is expected cause more deaths among women than any other illness.
Early detection of breast cancer is the key to maximize the survival rate and avoid invasive treatments for breast cancer.
Yet, the majority of women don’t have access to adequate mammogram screening.
Vara is here to change that. And it all begins by informing you about your options for better breast cancer screening.
What is breast cancer screening?
Breast cancer screening is the method physicians use to check a woman’s breasts for cancer — even without signs or symptoms.
Even though screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it plays a crucial role in detecting it at an early stage, when treatment is more manageable.
Who can get breast cancer?
Breast cancer can affect women of all ages, but the risk tends to increase as you get older. That's why it is recommended for women above the age of 40 to undergo an annual mammogram scan.
Nevertheless, your risk level for breast cancer can be higher or lower based on factors such as your geographical location, family history, genetics, lifestyle choices, race, ethnicity, and more.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray image of the breast — and for the majority of women, a it is considered the most effective test to detect early signs of breast cancer.
A mammogram test can find earliest signs of cancer when your chances for successful treatment are at their highest. Don't skip your regular screening!
What happens after you get a screening mammogram?
A radiologist will report the results to you after reading your mammogram test. If it is normal, you should continue getting mammograms regularly (e.g., annually).
If you have a suspicious result, it does not necessarily mean you have cancer. However, you will need to have additional evaluations like ultrasound, tests, or exams before having a definitive diagnosis. You might be also referred to a breast specialist or a surgeon for further assessment.
Screening mammography with Vara
We are Vara. We won’t rest until every deadly breast cancer is detected early - for better outcomes for everyone, everywhere.
We are there for you in every step of your screening journey to make you feel safe and have peace of mind. Through Vara, you can learn about breast cancer, discover the benefits of screening, book your mammogram, and ensure your mammogram screenings are handled with advanced German technology.
We connect you to our trusted radiology centers which use our AI-powered technology in mammograms. This technology allows to mitigate much of the human subjectivity in reading mammography results and to make breast screenings more effective, more personal, and more accessible for everyone, everywhere.
Select a location to book your appointment
Mehta House, 36, Pandita Ramabai Road Chowpatty, Dadi Sheth Wadi, Malabar Hill 400007
Is a mammogram painful?Depending on the size and shape of your breast, it can be a bit painful during the process due to the compression of the machine. However, our assistants are trained to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
Why is ultrasound not used in some cases in addition to the mammogram?Ultrasound is important, for example, to further examine suspicious cases. However, according to the international guidelines, ultrasound usage is not recommended for average-risk women without symptoms as the primary imaging method. Doing more ultrasounds than medically required also increases the probability of “unnecessary biopsies” for healthy women. The anxiety of a biopsy, the pain and the costs should be avoided if possible. This is why centers that collaborate with Vara are advised to utilize ultrasound according to international guidelines.
How should I prepare for a mammogram?Timing-wise, it is best to have a mammogram screening in the week after your menstrual period. If you had a mammogram scan before and have them as a copy or CD, then please bring them with you and tell the receptionist at the check-in. Moreover, don’t use a deodorant before you go for your appointment. Some particles in the deodorant could influence the image.
Is my insurance covering the mammogram?Please contact the Vara center directly to find out if you are eligible for partial or full insurance coverage.
Is breast cancer genetic?Yes, in some cases it could be. Your genes determine more than your blood type and physical features. They may also determine your risk for developing certain diseases, including cancer. Approximately 6 to 8 percent of all cases of breast cancers are likely to be hereditary.
Can I have a post-screening consultation with a doctor?Definitely! Our health navigators who are medically trained professionals will assist you with post mammogram test screening concerns and questions that you may have based on your reports and also guide you on next best steps if any are needed.