women's preventive screenings

Breast Cancer and Women’s

Preventive Screenings

Did you know breast cancer is the number two cause of cancer deaths among women in the U.S, and screening is the number one way to detect breast cancer?

Preventing Breast Cancer

You could save your life through preventive care. Breast cancer screening can help detect cancer in its early stages, when it may be easier to treat. However, not all health experts agree with the screening guidelines. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says women at age 50 through 74 should be screened by mammogram and continue this screening every two years. Other groups suggest women of average risk or those who have a family history of breast cancer begin getting screenings as early as 40.

You may not know: the Affordable Care Act (ACA) covers mammograms for women over age 40. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get mammograms at no cost to you.

Women in their 40's

Speak to your doctor about when you should start having breast cancer screenings. By working together, you can decide what's best for you based on your risk level. Here are a few talking points to bring up at your appointment:

  • Your risk of breast cancer
  • Your family history
  • The role of a clinical breast exam by your doctor
  • The benefits of mammograms to help find breast cancer early
  • Risks and limits of mammograms, which may show tissue that doesn’t look normal but turns out to be normal
  • The role of breast self-exams in helping you become more familiar with your breasts, which may help you find abnormalities or changes

Women in their 50's or older

For women ages 50 to 74, speak with your doctor about getting mammograms every 2 years. Based on your risk level, you may consider to get them more often. An open dialogue with your doctor can help you decide what is best for you.

Well-woman visit

All Health Insurance Marketplace health plans and many other plans must cover the yearly health exam for women without charging a copayment or coinsurance. Scheduling a yearly well-woman visit with a doctor or nurse practitioner. The well-woman visit will help you stay healthy.

A Well-woman visit focuses on preventive care for women, which may include:

Education and counseling

  • Tests to check for diseases early when they may be simpler to treat
  • Stay updated with vaccinations to help prevent diseases

Cancer screening:  Other screening include cervical cancer and colon cancer

Don’t take chances with your health. Make sure to get the screening tests you need.


Resources: CDC; Mayo Clinic; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force; American Cancer Society