October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), we are here to help you take charge of your own breast health throughout the year. You can visit the NBCAM website to learn more about breast cancer, breast health, and the latest research developments.
Take care of yourself. Get a mammogram.
Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen. Getting regular screening tests is the best way to lower your risk of dying from breast cancer. Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when it's most treatable.
A mammogram helps your PCP determine if you have breast cancer.
Your chance of getting breast cancer increases as you get older. Routine mammography should be done each year after age 40 and at any age if considered medically necessary. Mercy Care Plan/Mercy Care Advantage (HMO SNP) covers one mammogram each year with a $0 copay. Ask your Primary Care Provider (PCP) for an order (referral) for a mammogram during your annual wellness-well woman visit.