One in 8 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making it the second leading cause of death among women. The best way to increase the odds of survival is early detection with mammograms.
COVID-19 has caused many women to postpone their routine screening mammograms — in 2020, scheduled mammograms fell by nearly 80% in comparison to prior years. Research from the National Cancer Institute indicates that disruptions in breast cancer screening and treatment during the pandemic could lead to a 0.52% increase in deaths from breast cancer between 2020 and 2030.
Now more than ever, it’s important to spread the word to your employees on how to safely and efficiently conduct routine cancer screenings. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some preventative measures to share with your employees:
Information to Share with Your Employees
- Make sure your workforce is being proactive about their cancer screenings. Women should consider having yearly mammograms as early as age 40. Eden members can get a prescription from their Care Team. Otherwise, prescriptions can be written by an OB/GYN or primary care provider.
- Mammograms are covered by insurance, with $0 patient responsibility. Eden’s healthcare navigators can help members find a radiology facility that is in-network with your insurance.
- Remind your employees that they should be going every one to two years for a mammogram by sending out information about the significance and prevalence of breast cancer.
Best Practices Your Employees Should Know
- Be familiar with the normal consistency of your breasts. Set a calendar invite after your period each month to check your breasts. Although the breast self-exam isn’t always a reliable way to detect breast cancer, a significant number of women report that the first sign of their breast cancer was a new breast lump they discovered on their own.
- Learn your family history. Breast cancer, like other cancers, can be familial. Make sure you check with your relatives to find out who in your family had cancer, what age they were diagnosed and if they passed away from the cancer or something else.
- Don’t brush off your concerns. Always reach out to your primary care provider or gynecologist if you have concerns or questions about breast health. Eden members can message their Care Team 24/7 on the app with any questions.
When breast cancer is detected early, there is a 98% survival rate. Sharing the best practices above will help to protect yourself and your coworkers.
Having a trusted relationship with a healthcare provider can keep employees on top of regular screenings and engaged in preventative health measures. Contact our team today to learn more about our integrated care model.