Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer screening is a covered benefit for BlueCare and TennCareSelect members. Ask your doctor when you should be screened for breast cancer.

Some groups of women are at higher risk for breast cancer than others. These include women over 40 years old and women who had their first child after age 30.

Routine breast cancer screenings (CBEs) are performed by your doctor. Mammograms (breast x-rays) allow the detection of cancer at its early stage. The earlier cancer is caught, the more likely it is to be treatable.

The Breast and Cervical Screening Program provides breast and cervical cancer screenings to eligible women. Those with results that cause concern get follow-up tests. Women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer or pre-cancerous conditions are enrolled for treatment coverage through TennCare. For any service (screening, diagnosis, or treatment), women must meet the general eligibility guidelines for the program.

In this program, mammography screening for women will be considered medically appropriate with any one of the following:

  • Women at high risk
    • Are ages 50 to 64
    • Are ages 40 to 49 and have one of the following:
      • A mother, daughter, or sister with breast cancer
      • A personal history of breast cancer
      • A clinical breast exam result that is positive or abnormal
    • Are ages 18 to 39 and have one or more of the following symptoms:
      • Breast lump(s)
      • Nipple discharge
      • Skin changes
      • Nipple changes

How to Find Services:

Contact your county health department to schedule an appointment for breast and cervical screening. Find your county health department off-site link.

Some community health centers also provide services for the program in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga and some rural areas of the state. Contact the Central Office at 1-877-969-6636 for more information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/screening.htm off-site link

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