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Mammography During COVID

Part of our Cancer Doesn’t Wait for COVID - #ScreenSafelyMI series

Jennifer Nagy

Jennifer Nagy shares why she got screened for breast cancer in spite of COVID concerns

Jennifer Nagy couldn’t believe how quickly it was over. She arrived for her annual mammogram at 9:45 a.m. and was back in the car by 10:10 a.m.

“I never had to wait. I was in and out of there! It was amazing. I was in the car telling my husband on the way home and he was like ‘I can’t believe you’re done,’” says Nagy, 44. As a cervical cancer survivor whose mother had breast cancer, Nagy takes her cancer screenings seriously. She originally had a mammogram scheduled for March, but when COVID-19 hit, the appointment was rescheduled for July. As the date approached, Nagy considered whether it was safe but ultimately decided the peace of mind from having the scan was too important.

From mid-March till mid-June, to create more capacity to handle COVID-19 cases and ensure safety, Michigan Medicine stopped all other non-emergency procedures. This included canceling or rescheduling more than 10,000 mammograms.

When services reopened, social distancing was key. Appointments are spread out more to reduce the number of people waiting. Nagy noted that there was no one else in the changing room with her during her appointment.

“I felt safer going there than I would have at the grocery store,” she says. “It was clean, organized and clear where you needed to go. I never felt nervous.

“It’s not a big deal. Just get your mammogram.”

To schedule a mammogram at Michigan Medicine, call 734-936-4500.

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