Take Control of Your Breast Health Experience

There are a few steps you can take now to advocate for your own breast health and quality of care.

Get Your Priors: Data is Power

Research shows that access to past mammograms can reduce false positive results by 40 to 60 percent. Your doctor needs your past Mammograms to effectively detect breast cancer. You have the power to make sure your doctor has what she needs. Get copies of your past mammograms and reports.


Know Your Rights

Did you know that you have a right under HIPAA to get access to copies of your medical records?


Here are five key things you should know:

1. Your provider must provide you access to your data in a form and format as requested by you.

2. Your provider typically has 30 days or less to fulfill your request.

3. Your provider may not impose unreasonable measures that serve as a barrier to you in getting access to your records.

4. Your provider may require you to request access to your data in writing and fill out a supplied form.

5. Your provider may charge a reasonable fee.

Click here for a summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.



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Let’s Do This!

Start by requesting your past breast health images and reports from your doctor. 

Check your institutions website for a medical records request form.

Find out if you have access to a secure portal that would allow your provider to supply your records to you electronically.


1. Contact your institution via email or portal. Email

2. Contact your institution in writing.  In Writing

3. Call your institution and ask for Medical Records.  Call
















Know Your Breast Density 

Dense breast tissue is common among women of all ages. However, it can impact the accuracy of a mammogram exam, which can also impact cancer detection. Are You Dense is an organization dedication to the education of the public regarding the risks and screening challenges of dense breast tissue and its impact on missed, delayed and advanced stage breast cancer to reduce advanced disease and mortality. Learn more at www.areyoudense.org.