Supporting Quality Care During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 29, 2021

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  About 1 in 8 women  will get breast cancer at some point in their life. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to talk with our members about the importance of regular screenings. We’ve created some resources  that may help. Screening is the best way to find breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat, and may help reduce the risk of death.

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  recommends that women ages 50 to 74 be screened for breast cancer every two years. You may want to discuss with members the risks and benefits of starting mammogram screenings before age 50.

Breast cancer screening  is also a Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measure from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The measure tracks women ages 50 to 74 who had at least one mammogram in the past two years. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois collects data from HEDIS measures to help assess and improve the quality of care our members receive.

See our preventive care guidelines  on breast cancer screening.

Tips and Suggestions to Consider

The above materials for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician or other health care provider nor is the information presented intended to replace or supersede any requirements set forth in your contract with BCBSIL. The information provided does not constitute coding or legal advice. Physicians and other health care providers are encouraged to use their own medical judgment based upon all available information and the condition of the patient in determining the appropriate course of treatment. The fact that a service or treatment is described in this material is not a guarantee that the service or treatment is a covered benefit and members should refer to their certificate of coverage for more details, including benefits, limitations and exclusions. Regardless of benefits, the final decision about any service or treatment is between the member and their health care provider.

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