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 awareness campaign.

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.

For more information...

About mammograms and breast cancer, call the National Cancer Institute hotline at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).

About Medicare coverage of mammograms, call the Health Care Financing Administration's hotline at 1-800-638-6833.

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.