Aging Well

Does your Medicare plan cover 3D breast cancer screening?

3D breast cancer screening provides special benefits for women over 65. During Open Enrollment, it's a good time for women to see if their current Medicare plan covers this.

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Jennie Griggs

The diagnosis of breast cancer in older women is relatively common. Besides certain skin cancers, age is one of the most significant risk factors for breast cancer. Twenty-one percent of diagnoses are for women over 70; forty percent are for women over 65.

In 2020, it is estimated that over 276,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 50,000 with non-invasive breast cancer. 2,700 men will also be diagnosed.

Mammography is an effective breast cancer screening methodology for women ages 65 and over; however, new studies tell us that older women benefit significantly from the three-dimensional technology known as Tomosynthesis.

This is the time of the year to review your Medicare policy and see if the 3-D procedure is covered.

This month, join in the fight against Breast Cancer as we honor the 3.5 Million survivors, increase awareness, and continue to make a difference in the fight against this disease that affects one out of eight American women. On Monday, October 26 at 1 pm, Maria Bolanz & Linda Thomas will be hosting a virtual Dance-a-thon and fundraiser for Sisters Network, Triangle NC Breast Cancer Survivors, Resources for Seniors, and Northern and Eastern Wake Senior Centers. Mail or bring in $5 in cash or check made to Friends of Northern Wake Senior Center: 235 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, NC 27587. Call 919-554-4111 to register and receive the link.


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