October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer
Each October, we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month as part of the effort to ensure all Americans know about the risk factors, treatment options, and ongoing research of a disease that affects over 300,000 women — and men — each year.
It’s important for all women 40 years of age and older to get a mammogram every year. Talking with your doctor about breast cancer risk factors and early detection of breast cancer through screening mammography means that treatment can start early in the course of the disease. Be sure to schedule your yearly mammogram and check-in with family and friends to ensure they too are scheduling yearly checkups.
What about cost? Insurance plans governed by the federal ACA must cover screening mammography as a preventive benefit every 1–2 years for women age 40 and over without requiring copayments, coinsurance, or deductibles. In addition, many states require that Medicaid and public employee health plans cover screening mammography. Most federal employer health benefits include screening. Contact a screening provider or your health insurance for confirmation of the cost and coverage.
Below you’ll find a variety of helpful resources to help guide you through the process.
4 Things to Share at Your Next Mammo
Mammograms are important, but they don’t have to be painful or scary. The National Breast Cancer Foundation put together the top four concerns people have—and how to prepare and advocate for your best experience—before your appointment.
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