Don't Procrastinate, Schedule a Mammogram

From the GIC Fall 2000 Newsletter pdf format of fybfall2000.pdf

"I don't have time", "I have no breast problems, so mammography isn't necessary", "My doctor never recommended I get one", "It's painful and the facility is too far away". "It's expensive".

If these are some of the excuses you have for not scheduling a mammogram and you are a female over forty, pick up the phone and schedule an appointment. It could save your life. All GIC health plans recognize the importance of mammograms (a x-ray picture of the breast). All plans cover annual mammograms for women over forty.

Women age 65 and older are less likely to get mammograms than younger women do (less than 55% have had a mammogram in the last two years) even though breast cancer risk increases with age. Breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed in American women: this year 180,000 women in the United State will learn that they have breast cancer and more than 40,000 women will lose their lives from it. When breast cancer is detected early and treated promptly, suffering and loss of life can be significantly reduced.

Routine screening mammography is the single most effective method to detect breast changes that may be cancer, long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt. Visit the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) website for more information about mammograms and National Mammography Day, which is in October.


This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .