Screening Mammographies

CMS 1500 Professional Services

Did you know?

  • According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will get breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer can also occur in men; about 2,100 men are diagnosed each year.
  • For the year 2024, the ACS estimates that in the U.S. 310,720 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, and that 42,250 women will die from this disease.
  • The main factors influencing your risk of getting breast cancer include being female and getter older. Other risk factors include having certain genetic mutations and having a family or personal history of breast cancer.

Why should I care?

  • A screening mammogram can help find this disease early when it is easier to treat.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the decline in cancer screenings has raised concerns of delayed diagnoses. It is estimated that al 10,000 deaths from breast and colorectal cancer could occur over the next decade due to the impact of the pandemic on cancer screenings and treatment.
  • Our data shows that among Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiaries, screening mammograms in our national footprint declined 95% from January to April 2020. Thereafter, procedure volumes did increase and by October 2020, reached 1,432,159. As of October 2023, there were a total of 1,427,733 procedures performed that month.

What should I do?

  • At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people stopped getting their regular cancer screenings. The ACS advises that people talk to their healthcare providers about options to help get them on schedule (or back on schedule) for their screening tests.

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