"For many women, a loss of insurance coverage for mammography effectively denies them access to a tool that could save their lives.
"Black women have a higher incidence of breast cancer before age 40. They are also 42 percent more likely to die from the disease. Early prevention is key! Without this mandate, Black women's lives are at risk," said
"We don't want to see a day where women are not covered for mammograms until age 50 and then only every other year. If we do, late-stage breast cancer diagnoses will rise and breast cancer deaths will increase," said
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"Detecting breast cancer early with a mammogram saves lives and enables less extensive treatment, which preserves quality of life for women and families.
The statute empowers insurers to consider 2002 USPSTF recommendations for regular screening in women 40 and older. Although not included in the recently passed, and narrowly focused, continuing resolution to fund the government through
"Early detection of breast cancer with mammography is key to surviving this deadly disease. Insurance coverage often equals access to care.
"Hereditary cancers tend to occur at an earlier age, and like many other cancers, can be more aggressive in women in their 40s and younger. Lives will be lost if we don't act to assure continued insurance coverage of annual mammography for women in their 40s," said
"Women in their 40s often have dense breasts – increasing their odds of developing breast cancer. These women must have insured access to mammography and the opportunity to discuss with their doctor whether additional testing is right for them," said
"Annual mammography use cuts a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer nearly in half. That is a tremendous step forward in breast cancer care that should not be cast aside. Lawmakers must ensure that women retain coverage for this lifesaving exam," said
"The lack of access caused by reduced insurance coverage may result in unnecessary deaths and women enduring far more extensive treatments for cancers that could have been found earlier by a mammogram.
*The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires private insurers to cover exams/procedures given a grade of "A" or "B" by the
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