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.
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.
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Susan G. Komen website. “Breast Cancer Statistics.” Web. May 2017.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “ACOG statement on revised American Cancer Society recommendations on breast cancer screening.” Web. June 2017.
American Cancer Society website. “American Cancer Society recommendations for the early detection of breast cancer.” Web. June 2017.
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