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Breast Cancer Awareness Month—time to rise!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease

The pandemic has made many facets of life more challenging, and breast cancer prevention is no exception. Unfortunately, 40% of women ages 40–75 on the Kairos plan haven’t received a mammogram in the past 2 years. Why does that matter? Inevitably, not receiving regular mammograms will cause an increase in breast cancer findings. And even in non-pandemic times, the cancer numbers can be pretty scary:

  • 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • 1 in 833 men will get breast cancer in his lifetime.
  • On average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 2 minutes.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women, and the second leading cause of death in women.

What can you do to reduce breast cancer risk?

First and foremost, if you’re due, get that mammogram scheduled! Regular mammograms can decrease the death rate by 30% and should be performed annually starting at age 40. To make things a little easier, remember:

Wellness mammograms are free under the Kairos medical plans.

That’s right, they’re covered at 100%. Plus, as of July 1, there are no age restrictions on who can receive a free mammogram through Kairos. (Diagnostic mammograms have additional costs.)

Ready to schedule? Give your doctor a call. You can also reach out to your HR/benefits coordinator to see if your employer is hosting an upcoming screening event.

You've heard us say it before, and we’ll say it again—your health is too important to ignore. We care about you, so don’t wait for care!

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Ready to show your support? Do some research? Or find out more information?

 

Visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org.