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About 1 in 8 American women will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. Each year about 240,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. Breast cancer death rates for women are higher than any cancer besides lung cancer.
More than 40,000 women in the U.S. die each year from breast cancer. Getting a regular mammogram substantially lowers your risk of dying from breast cancer.
Don’t take any chances. Talk to your health care provider about breast cancer, your risk factors and your family medical history.
Recommendations for women at average breast cancer risk:
Screening mammograms are covered at no cost* when performed by a provider in your health plan’s network. Coverage may vary for preventive care services with no member cost share, depending on your specific benefit plan and whether you use network providers. If you have questions, call the customer service number on your member ID card.
Your health care provider may do additional tests if you have family members with a history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer. These additional tests can show if this family history will put you at higher risk for breast cancer. You may have out-of-pocket costs for these additional tests.
Talk to your doctor about what screening plan is best for you.
Visit our breast cancer section for more information about breast cancer prevention and treatment, living with breast cancer, and helpful tips.
Originally published 9/24/2020; Revised 2022, 2023
My doctor recommends getting a mammogram every year, yet my plan will only pay for every 2 years.
This is helpful information but I wish more facilities would start educating on BRCA testing for the cancer gene. The BRCA test is a super simple test to do it takes about 2 minutes and insurance covers the cost. If one carries this cancer gene for breast & ovarian preventive measures can be taken early and Im in the process of doing this exact thing right now since I know that my risk of breast cancer is elevated 87% of getting it, I wouldn't of known this without the BRCA test. Please send out info on this, it will help many peoplei.
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