HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The American Cancer Society estimates that 200,000 women celebrated another birthday this year because they got a mammogram.
A 3D mammogram is the gold standard because it’s better at detecting cancer early, especially in women with dense breasts.
However, women have been charged anywhere from $50 to $600 dollars. The good news is many women in Pennsylvania can get a 3D mammogram for free.
“3D screening mammograms are now covered in Pennsylvania for those who are insured under state law. In fact, we’re the first state in the nation to cover the cost of 3D mammograms,” Pat Halpin-Murphy of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition said.
A screening mammogram is your yearly checkup mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram is what you get when cancer is suspected.
There is always a cost with a diagnostic mammogram, but a screening mammogram is free if your insurance company is based in Pennsylvania. It’s also free if you’re insured under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare or Medicaid.
Even if you have to pay, the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition recommends trying to swing the cost, especially if you have dense breasts.
“I would pay extra if I could afford it, but I would shop around a little bit and find out what the cost was,” Halpin-Murphy said.
The PBCC did a lot of work to create a database of places where you can get a 3D mammogram. Find more information here.