Mammography – The gold standard

October 2023

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Get your mammo on

Breast cancer is the most common cancer for American women, except for skin cancers, and women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing it in their lifetime1. While breast cancer deaths have decreased, Black women are 40%2 more likely to die from breast cancer than White women. But when detected early, the five-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 99%3.

Mammogram – The gold standard

The best way to detect breast cancer early is through an annual mammogram. This low-dose x-ray of the breast can detect breast changes before physical symptoms develop. At 87% sensitivity4, the mammogram is a good early detection screening that can lessen the need for mastectomy or chemotherapy.

Schedule your $0 screening mammogram

Now is always the best time to schedule your screening mammogram. It costs $0 when you use an in-network provider. Plus, you can earn $20 in Member Rewards dollars after completing your mammogram. Rewards will be loaded to your Blue Benefit Bucks card 8-10 weeks after your mammogram.

Who’s at risk of breast cancer

It’s important to know your risk of breast cancer and to understand that risk can change over time. Family history can play an important role in knowing and understanding risk, as can:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Taking hormone therapy for symptoms of menopause

However, you can work toward lowering your risk by:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating fruits and vegetables
  • Keeping weight in check
  • Knowing your family history
  • Getting an annual mammogram

1American Cancer Society, Key Statistics for Breast Cancer

2American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Death Rates are Highest for Black Women, October 2022

3 National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., Breast Cancer Facts & Stats

4 Sensitivity means mammography correctly identifies about 87% of women who have breast cancer. Susan G. Komen, Accuracy of Mammograms