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An X-ray picture of the breast is called a mammogram. Doctors look for early signs of breast cancer by using mammogram screenings. It only takes a few moments to do. And, it can save your life!
Listed below are warning signs of breast cancer from the CDC. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you ever have any of these.
- New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
- Thickening or swelling of part of the breast. Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
- Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
- Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
- Pain in the breast.
Who should receive a mammogram?
Females 50 – 75 years old every two years.
Why should I have a mammogram screening?
Mammogram screening can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Early detection leads to early treatment and better outcomes.
Do I need a referral to receive a mammogram screening?
CareFirst Community Health Plan Maryland (CareFirst CHPMD) does not require a referral or special authorization. However, the radiology center will require a written order from your primary care provider (PCP). This may be on a radiology form, a referral form, or a note on a prescription form.
Where can I go to have the mammogram screening?
The full cost of the mammogram is covered by CareFirst CHPMD if you visit a radiology center that is in network with CareFirst CHPMD.
Who do I call if I need help?
Call CareFirst CHPMD’s Member Services Department at 1-800-730-8530 and select option 5 to speak with a quality specialist who can help you make the appointment or obtain the order from your PCP.
Source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Breast Cancer: What You Need