Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Check for Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among American women. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer deaths.
The best way to detect breast cancer is with a mammogram. It’s also important to keep up clinical breast exams and breast self-exams. Women should have mammograms every two years from age 50-74 years old. Make an appointment to schedule a mammogram.
- Know your family history of breast cancer.
- Those under 50 should talk with their health care provider about when they should be screened.
- Know your health insurance options.
Beginning October 1, millions of Americans will be able to get affordable health insurance that includes many free preventive services, such as mammograms. (If you go to an in-network provider for a mammogram, you won’t be charged a copayment or coinsurance.) In the new Health Insurance Marketplace you'll be able to look for insurance that fits your budget and meets your needs. Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014. Call 1-800-318-2596 or visit healthcare.gov for more information.
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Page last modified: September 24, 2013
Page last reviewed: September 24, 2013