1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. It is the most common non-skin cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States. Every woman is at risk, and this risk increases with age.
Breast cancer usually can be treated successfully when found early. Medicare covers screening mammograms to check for breast cancer before you or a doctor may be able to find it.
Who is covered?
All women with Medicare age 40 and older can get a screening mammogram every 12 months. Medicare also covers one baseline mammogramfor women with Medicare between ages 35 and 39.
How often is it covered?
Once every 12 months.Your costs if you have Original Medicare. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount with no Part B deductible.
Are you at high risk for breast cancer?
Your risk of developing breast cancer increases if any of the following are true:
- You had breast cancer in the past.
- You have a family history of breast cancer (like a mother, sister, daughter, or two or more close relatives who have had breast cancer).
- You had your first baby after age 30.
- You have never had a baby.
Your costs if you have Original Medicare.
You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and no Part B deductible.
Get more information in the free guide, Understanding Medicare Benefits.
For detailed information about benefits and premiums, call your insurance payer or Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
Nebraska residents 1-800-234-7119
Iowa residents 1-800-351-4664