Finding breast cancer early is the best way to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Getting regular screening tests is the best way to find breast cancer early.
About 1 in 8 American women will get breast cancer at some point in her life. More than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected in the U.S. in 2018. Breast cancer death rates for women are higher than any cancer besides lung cancer.
More than 40,000 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2018 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:
- If you are between the ages of 50 and 74, get a mammogram at least every two years.
- If you are 40 to 49, talk with your health care provider about the risks and benefits of mammography.
- 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.
Mammograms are covered at no cost when the services are provided by a provider in your health plan’s network. Coverage for preventive care services at no cost share may vary depending on your specific benefit plan and use of network providers. If you have questions, please call the customer service number on your member ID card.
To learn more, read Get the Latest Advice on Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention. You can also visit our Connect blog at connect.bcbsil.com for more information about breast cancer and other health topics.