The bad news: Washington County breast cancer screening rates have slipped in the past several years. Only 4 of Vermont’s 14 counties have a screening rate lower than ours!
The really good news: CVMC has made it even easier to get your screening mammogram, and new state laws mean more of the cost is covered!
Why have a mammogram?
To detect breast cancer before there are noticeable signs of it, so it can be treated and cured more easily. Getting regular screening mammograms lowers a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer.
Screening guidelines vary and the Susan G. Komen website has a helpful chart comparing guidelines set forth by the American Cancer Society, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ask your medical provider when you should start having mammograms and how often you should get screened.
Scheduling Your Mammogram
You can call us directly to schedule your mammogram, or you can involve your provider’s office. Our number is 802-371-4249.
Paying for Your Mammogram and Other Breast Imaging
National and state laws require insurance coverage for initial screening and, in some cases, call-back tests. If your insurer doesn’t pay 100% for breast imaging, or if you don’t have health insurance, let us know. We can connect you to programs that help pay, including Ladies First and CVMC’s financial assistance program. In addition, CVMC’s longstanding partnership with Susan G. Komen New England breast cancer foundation means we have Komen funds to make sure your screening is affordable.
There’s no time like the present, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to take action!