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National Mammography Day (October 20, 2017) – Yes, Your Mom Still Needs to Get Scanned

Caregiver in Murray UT: National Mammography Day (October 20, 2017)

Caregiver in Murray UT: National Mammography Day (October 20, 2017)

After menopause, some women feel they no longer need to go for mammograms.  The American Cancer Society actually issues guidelines recommending that women 55 and older go every one or two years.  If there’s a family history or some other factors that increase the cancer risk, it may be advisable to get an MRI, too.

 

Here’s what you need to know…

 

Breast Cancer Affects Many Older Women

While a higher percentage of breast cancer cases are in women younger than 65, a 2012 study of 9,800 women found that more than 4,000 were over the age of 65.  It’s important that your mom gets screened at least every other year.

 

Insurance Companies Cover the Cost

Your mom doesn’t need to worry about the cost of a mammogram.  The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to pay for mammograms every one or two years.  They cannot require your mom to pay a co-pay or deductible.  Medicare pays for a yearly screening from the age of 40 on. Medicaid also covers the cost.

Your mom can still get a free mammogram if she does not have insurance.  A list of participating facilities is found online at the CDC or by phone (1-800-CDC-INFO).

 

A Screening Usually Takes a Little Less Than 30 Minutes

 

Generally, it takes 20 minutes from start to finish.  Delays can happen, however. If your mom still drives, you won’t have to worry about finding her a ride.  If not, you need to do some planning.

Your mom may need to fill out paperwork first, so expect the appointment to take a half an hour or so.  Depending on the amount of time it takes to drive to the screening location, you may want to plan for an hour or two if you’re driving her.  If you cannot fit that into your schedule, make sure you arrange to have someone drive her and that they have a free morning or afternoon.

 

If She is Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, Get a Support Team in Place

When your mom is diagnosed with breast cancer following a mammogram, it’s important to have a team helping her at home.  You can get friends and family members to help her out.  If work schedules make it hard to cover the morning and afternoon hours, call a caregiver.

Senior care professionals can keep her from lifting heavy laundry baskets.  In addition, a caregiver can make sure your mom is eating and drinking enough, taking her medications, and getting to appointments on time.  Call a senior care agency to ask about costs and schedules.

 

Are considering hiring a caregiver in Murray, UT, please talk to the friendly staff at December Rose Senior Care at Home.
Providing Home Care in Highland, Utah and Surrounding Communities. 801-427-ROSE (7673)

 

Sources:

Breastcancer.org
Cancer.org
Cdc.gov

 

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Alan and Stephanie Jones, Owners

December Rose Senior Care is a local in-home care agency owned and operated by Alan and Stephanie Jones in Highland, Utah. While both Alan and Stephanie bring professional and practical experience to their business, it has been the fulfilling and educational aspects of assisting their parents through the aging process as well as raising their five children that encouraged them to start a personal care agency. In particular it was the humbling experience of caring for a special needs son and moving a parent from in-home care to assisted living that helped them realize there are many families who are caring for loved ones that need help. Their desire is to combine these experiences with over twenty years of medical sales and marketing, eleven years working with senior and elder populations among our Veterans and Native Americans, serving on multiple school boards and local legislative roles, to develop in-home care that exceeds expectations and honors seniors as the foundation of this country.
In their spare time, Alan and Stephanie are all about family and enjoy So. California beach vacations, watching their children’s sporting events, reading, participating in church and community activities, watching favorite shows together, participating in Boy Scouts, running and yoga.

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