AGING SERVICES: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Women's Health: Mammography and Pelvic Exam

Medicare Part B covers a mammography to establish a baseline and to detect breast cancer for all female beneficiaries who are 35 years of age or older?  After age 40, it covers a yearly mammography without a deductible or copayment/coinsurance. 

Women should also be aware that Medicare covers other screenings that detect cancer.  Medicare covers a pap screen for female beneficiaries every two years without a deductible or copayment/coinsurance and yearly for females who are high risk for cervical or vaginal cancer or for women who are at childbearing age who had an abnormal pap screen within the past three years.  In addition, your physician can bill Medicare Part B at least every two years for a separate pelvic examination and clinical breast examination (yearly for those at risk).  The pelvic examination helps to detect pre-cancers, genital warts and infections.  A breast examination can help to identify symptoms that would be indicative of breast cancer such as lumps and nipple discharge.  We encourage you to take advantage of these preventive services to stay healthy. 

National organizations and Web sites*
Other sources of patient information and support include:
1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)

National Cancer Institute
1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) 


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