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Mammograms 101

June 26, 2017

Mammograms are a key component of a women’s preventative care. They’re covered, lifesaving and nothing to fear. Learn the facts, and then schedule an appointment today!

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Did you know that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in her life? The good news is that mammograms can catch cancer early, when it’s easiest to treat, even if you don’t have any symptoms.

All women 40 or older should ask their doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often they’re needed. Your doctor will help you decide what schedule makes the most sense for you.

Learn the facts, then schedule an appointment today!

Mammograms Are…

Life-Saving: Cancer detection is the key to early treatment and better outcomes.

  • Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women.
  • 70% - 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
  • Regular mammograms improve survival rates by 35% in women over 50.
  • Thanks in part to preventive screenings, there are approximately 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. as of 2016.

Easy: Keeping up with your screenings is an important task, even in your busy life.

  • The average mammogram appointment is just 15 minutes long.
  • Your doctor can help you choose a facility that’s convenient for you.

Nothing to fear: It’s normal to feel scared before any medical procedure, but there’s nothing to worry about!

  • Mammograms aren’t as painful as you think – you may feel a little pressure but it only lasts a few seconds. You are only exposed to a small amount of radiation during a mammogram, and studies show that the benefits of mammograms outweigh any risks.

Covered: Getting screened won’t break the bank.

  • Most basis mammogram screenings are covered by your health plan. However, some services like 3D imaging or ultrasounds may not be fully covered the same way. This can get confusing, so call your health plan before you go.

SOURCES:
http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics
https://www.anthem.com/health-insurance/health-care-reform-resources/reform-law-detail/more-womens-preventive-care-covered?reformlaw=l1019
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-key-statistics