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Getting an Annual Mammogram Could Save Your Life

Getting a mammogram once a year may save your life. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women age 40 and older get a mammogram every year.

Woman sitting outside, yearly mammograms 

Despite what you may have heard, all women are at risk for breast cancer. In more than 8 out of 10 cases of breast cancer, there is no family history. Breast cancer is a serious disease that cannot be ignored. In the United States alone, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 2 minutes.

With breast cancer, it's common to experience no symptoms at all. That’s why in addition to performing regular self-exams to check for lumps, women age 40 and older should also get a mammogram once a year.

According to the American Cancer Society, an annual breast cancer screening can help uncover the signs of breast cancer you might miss during a personal exam. In some cases, it's often years before a woman feels a lump or experiences other symptoms.  

Decades of research show that women who get screened regularly for breast cancer are:

  • More likely to detect breast cancer early
  • More likely to avoid extensive surgery and chemotherapy
  • More likely to be cured

Most SelectHealth plans cover breast cancer screening under preventive care at 100%. This means you don’t pay a copay, coinsurance, or a deductible to have your yearly screening mammogram. If a preventive service identifies something requiring additional testing or treatment, regular cost-sharing may apply.

If you have questions about your plan benefits, call Member Services at 800-538-5038. If you'd like help scheduling a mammogram, call SelectHealth Member Advocates at 800-515-2220.

While you’re here, check out our other healthy living articles. 

 

References:

 

Susan G. Komen website. “Breast Cancer Statistics.” Web. May 2017.

http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Statistics.html

 

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “ACOG statement on revised American Cancer Society recommendations on breast cancer screening.” Web. June 2017.

https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/Statements/2015/ACOG-Statement-on-Recommendations-on-Breast-Cancer-Screening

 

American Cancer Society website. “American Cancer Society recommendations for the early detection of breast cancer.” Web. June 2017.

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection/american-cancer-society-recommendations-for-the-early-detection-of-breast-cancer.html

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