Women should have access to, coverage for, mammography

Statement from Cati Diamond Stone, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta:

“Recent news has led to a lot of confusion about mammograms and clinical breast exams. Komen Atlanta’s recommendations have not changed. We recommend that women at average risk for breast cancer have an annual mammogram starting at age 40. We also recommend that women have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40.

The bottom line is that all women should have access to regular mammograms when they and their health care providers determine the time is right, based on individual risk factors. What’s more, breast cancer screenings should be covered by third-party payers, such as insurance companies and government programs.

Clinical breast exams have long-served as a lifesaving screening tool for many people. Five years ago, I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer, which was detected by a clinical breast exam. If I hadn’t received this breast exam during a routine doctor’s visit, I don’t know if I would have been diagnosed in time to survive breast cancer.

If people have questions – or need help covering the cost of a mammogram or clinical breast exam – please call Komen Atlanta at 404-814-0052 or visit the ‘Breast Cancer Self Awareness’ section on our website.”

Watch Cati’s full interview here!

Komen believes that screenings should be based on individual risk and should be a discussion between the patient and their health care provider. Read our formal statement on access to and coverage for mammography here: http://sgk.mn/1GnPo6i