October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Know the Facts!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Know the Facts!
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Who should get a mammogram? What age should you get your first mammogram? What might be some ways that can lower your risk of getting breast cancer?

How can I help?

Can I get a mammogram if I do not have insurance? What can I do to ensure that I am cancer free?

Mammograms are covered by most insurance companies. Low-income, uninsured and underinsured women across the United States can get breast screening and diagnostic services through The CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Many state Medicaid programs, such as Louisiana, also cover breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Join Americans across the country in fighting breast cancer which affects so many women and men in our country. Your help in the fight through participation, awareness and donations can help us stamp out this disease that takes the lives of many Americans each year.

About the Authors:
SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS
Chief Medical Officier, Medicaid, Louisiana Department of Health

Carolyne LeBlanc, RN
Clinical Policy Nurse, Medicaid, Louisiana Department of Health

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