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Mammography is the best chance to find a breast cancer early, when it is more treatable.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends yearly screening mammography for all women beginning at age 40. This recommendation is based on more than 30 years of research which shows that having a screening mammogram every year lowers a woman's chance of dying from breast cancer.
Some medical groups offer different guidelines for mammography. For example, the USPSTF recommends yearly screening after age 50. All agree, however, that the best way to prevent breast cancer deaths is by early detection through screening mammograms.
The Scott & White Health Plan encourages women to discuss the risks and benefits of yearly mammography with their doctors and offers coverage of yearly screening mammograms starting at age 40. This coverage, as with other preventive services, is offered with no cost share for most members. Please call 254-298-3000 or 800-321-7947 if you have questions about this or any coverage issue.