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Medicare Mammography Awareness Campaign
The threat of breast cancer is increasing in this country --
1 out of 8 women born the United States will contract this
terrible disease during her lifetime. And the risk of breast
cancer increases with age. That's why it is so important for
older women to get regular mammograms.
Medicare covers mammograms, but the data show that, over a
two year period, fewer than 40 percent of women aged 65 and older
who are on Medicare take advantage of this benefit. To increase
the use of mammography among our nation's older women, the
Clinton Administration has launched a Medicare mammography
In honor of Mother's Day, Mrs. Clinton kicked off this initiative with
a "Mama-gram" campaign. The campaign included public service
announcements and store displays, bill inserts and grocery store
bags carrying information about mammography and Medicare. In
addition, free "mama-grams" -- mammography reminders -- were
available at greeting card shops and FTD florists to be slipped
into a Mother's Day card or bouquet.
Facts You Should Know...
Please share it with your friends! And remember, a mammogram is a
picture that can save your life.
Mammograms are the best weapon we have against breast
cancer. They can find breast cancer early, when it is too
small to be felt or seen. Early detection of breast cancer
saves lives and makes treatment easier.
If you are a woman on Medicare aged 65 and older, you should
know that Medicare covers mammograms every other year even
if there is no reason to believe that there is a problem
with the health of your breasts. If you have symptoms or if
other circumstances suggest that you may have breast
disease, Medicare will cover more frequent mammograms when
they are ordered by a doctor.
To ensure the reliability of mammograms, the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has put in place quality standards for
mammography facilities, and the Agency for Health Care
Policy Research (AHCPR) has published guidelines that tell
health care professionals and consumers what they need to do
to obtain high quality mammograms. When you get a
mammogram, make sure that the facility you are using is
displaying a certification from the FDA.
The older you are, the more important it is for you to take
care of your breasts. This means getting regular
mammograms, clinical breast exams from your doctor or other
qualified health professional, and examining your breasts
For more information...
About mammograms and breast cancer, call the National Cancer Institute hotline at
About Medicare coverage of mammograms, call the Health Care Financing Administration's hotline at
About Food and Drug Administration certified mammogram facilities, call 1-800-249-6772.
About how to get a copy of a pamphlet from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research about quality
mammograms, call 1-800-358-9295.