Caring for your breasts includes doing monthly self-exams to check for any unusual signs or symptoms, in addition to having yearly clinical breast exams with a healthcare professional. Outer Banks Health offers 3D digital mammography, a technology that makes it easier for doctors to catch more cancers early.

As one of the only critical access hospitals in the nation to have an accredited breast program, Outer Banks Health’s approach to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer includes genetic screening during annual mammogram appointments. Genetic screening can help predict an individual’s risk of developing breast cancer. Those at higher risk due to genetic or other factors, may be recommended for increased screening frequency to assist in the early detection of breast cancer.

Free screening mammograms are available to individuals who do not have health insurance. Dare County residents, as well as Hyde, Currituck, and Tyrell County residents who work in Dare County, are eligible. The free screenings are made available through the Get Pinked! Program of Outer Banks Health’s Development Council.

A physician’s order is needed to schedule a mammogram appointment. Contact your primary care provider or OB/GYN to obtain a mammography order. For more information about screening mammography at Outer Banks Health and to schedule your appointment, call 252-449-5918.