Affordable Care Act
Under the Affordable Care Act, screening mammograms are covered every one to two years for women over 40 (https://www.healthcare.gov/...part=2). This is for screening mammograms only and strict criteria must be met to be considered a screening mammogram. There are key differences between a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram (see PDF). If your health plan is grandfathered, this does not apply to you – please see your benefits coordinator for more information.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
One in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Early detection helps reduce the risk of late-stage breast cancer. Studies have shown that early detection increases survival rate by 98%. Early detection includes mammogram and self-breast exams (SBE). For more information on mammograms, please visit: Healthfinder.gov
Start early with getting to know the way your breast feels. Self-Breast exams should be performed monthly and as many days as possible from your menstrual cycle. Here are some tips from http://www.breastcancer.org
You can create our own early detection plan by visiting http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/EDP/.
You should also get your first baseline mammogram at age 40. Women’s Health Specialists has partnered with Yuma Regional Medical Center to provide on-site screening mammograms.
What is a screening mammogram? click here (PDF)
Over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Know your risk. Visit: http://www.cancer.gov/bcrisktool/
Patients of Women’s Health Specialists, can schedule their screening mammogram at our office through our partnership with Yuma Regional Medical Center. Call 928-783-3050.