1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. But the good news is, there is hope. When caught in its earliest, localized stages, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%.
Advances in early detection and treatment methods have significantly increased breast cancer survival rates in recent years, and there are currently over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Effective in January 2020, Public Act 101-0580, requires both private insurance and Medicaid to cover preventative measures to detect breast cancer. Mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRIs are covered when deemed medically necessary by a physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant. In addition, Public Act 103-0325, which takes effect in 2024, ensures treatment and coverage for medically necessary proton beam therapy in the treatment of cancer.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, upwards of ten thousand women in Illinois are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Additionally, this spring the United States Preventive Services Task Force issued new draft recommendations that women get screened every other year starting at age 40 rather than 50. With these new laws and recommendations, early detection and treatment can help save lives.
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