Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, learn how mammograms are an important part of taking care of your health.
A mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer early, sometimes before symptoms appear, and find easier and more effective treatment. According to the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), women should weigh the benefits and risks of screening tests when deciding whether to begin mammogram screenings at age 40.
- Why are mammograms important? They can detect breast cancer early, when it’s easiest to treat. Early detection saves thousands of lives every year.
- How often should you get a mammogram? The USPSTF recommends that women age 50 to 74 should typically get a mammogram every two years. Women who are 40 to 49 years old should talk to their doctor or other health care professional about when to begin, and how often to get, a mammogram.
- Most basic mammogram screenings are covered. In-network screenings are typically covered by insurance plans, but some services like 3D or Ultrasound may not be fully covered.
- There’s nothing to fear. Mammograms usually take just 15 minutes and may not be as uncomfortable as some may think.
Take the first step and talk to your doctor today. For Anthem Health Plan members, click here. For Kaiser Permanente Health Plan members, click here.
For more information on breast cancer screening, visit the CDC website.