Breast cancer screenings should be a part of every woman’s yearly healthcare routine. Regular preventative screenings are the best way to catch breast cancer early and develop an effective treatment plan. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to reach out to your doctor about your yearly screening. Medicare covers regular breast cancer screenings for women – here’s what you need to know to stay healthy.

What are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

Many people who develop breast cancer don’t show any symptoms at first. This is why screenings are so important for catching cases of breast cancer early. There are several symptoms of breast cancer that can develop over time. Women of all ages should be on the lookout for these symptoms.

The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump in the breast tissue. Breasts may also swell or change shape. The breasts may feel sore, painful, or irritated, with irritation on the outer skin of the breast and nipple. Breast cancer can also cause abnormal discharge from the nipple.

Why are Breast Cancer Screenings Important? 

Regular breast cancer screenings, or mammograms, are the most effective way to catch breast cancer early and treat it effectively. Mammograms use a type of x-ray to scan the breast tissue for abnormal masses. If an abnormality is found, the doctor can order a biopsy or another test to learn more.

Our risk of developing breast cancer goes up as we get older, which is why it’s particularly important for women to start getting regular screenings in their fifties and sixties. When breast cancer is caught in the early stages, it can be effectively treated and removed. This significantly reduces the risk of death and long-term health issues.

Does Medicare Cover Breast Cancer Screenings? 

If you have Medicare Part A and Part B, you’ll qualify for a yearly preventative mammogram if you’re over the age of 40. If your doctor accepts the Medicare assignment, you won’t pay anything for the screening. If you need a screening more than once a year, you’ll also qualify for another low-cost screening. You will need to pay a deductible for the cost of this screening. Women between the ages of 35 and 39 will also be covered through Medicare for one total mammogram during this time period.

If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you will also receive coverage for mammograms. Medicare Advantage plans are designed to provide supplemental coverage on top of what Medicare Part A and Part B provide. Medicare Advantage plans will often cover both routine preventative mammograms as well as diagnostic mammograms.

Medicare coverage can help you get the regular mammograms you need to stay healthy. If you’re interested in learning more about your Medicare options, contact our licensed insurance brokers today. Fill out this form or give us a call today to learn more.