Category Archives: Breast Cancer Imaging Tests

Federal Program Pays for Mammograms, Pap Smears and More for Uninsured, Under-Insured

It’s time to make sure women know there is a vital program for women that pays for mammograms and Pap smears for uninsured women and insured women who can’t afford their co-pays. We have 28.4 million uninsured Americans in US _ some in my own family _ and 31 million more currently under-insured, unable to pay out-of-pocket costs. The numbers are likely to grow. To qualify,
income must fall within 250% of federal poverty level ($29,700 single; $40,500 2-person family).

The program pays for screening and diagnostic mammograms, follow-up breastsurgery biopsies and treatment.

This is a national program. The CDC’s web page has info about where to find a program at:

For details in metro Detroit: 888-242-2702; or email

This state and federally funded program needs to be supported and preserved. And if you can, please share this post widely so others know about this vital program. It’s been here for many years but women surprisingly don’t know about it. #mammography #womenshealth #blackwomen #breastcancer #BreastSurgery

Imaging Test Find Tumors in Women with Dense Breasts, Breast Implants

Molecular breast imaging, or MBI, is an FDA approved test for women who need additional tests, beyond mammography. It requires a very small injection of a commonly used radiotracer that lights up tumors on the test, making them easy to find.

Gamma Medical, which makes the technology, advises this supplemental diagnostic test (not routine; for problems and problematic patients) for:

  • Dense breast tissue (making mammograms difficult to interpret)
  • Suspicious mammographic lesion, abnormality or architectural distortion observed in mammogram
  • Symptomatic (nipple discharge or palpable mass) or high-risk patient* with negative mammogram and/or ultrasound
  • Breast implants or free silicone
  • Patient not able to tolerate an MRI (for example, ferromagnetic surgical implants, severe claustrophobia, or poor renal function)

*family history of breast cancer or confirmed positive gene test (BRCA1 or BRCA2); risk assessment greater than or equal to 20%

For more info:  GAMMAMEDICA.COM

New Breast Imaging Test Helps Find Cancer in Women with Dense Breasts

There is new, approved technology now available for women with so-called dense breasts, common in younger women, when breast tissue is so thick that it appears cloudy on a mammogram. Molecular Breast Imaging, done in addition to a mammogram, injects a radioactive tracer into a woman’s arm vein, which a special camera can pick up that spots tumors. Here’s a link for those who live with this issue:

Finding More Breast Cancers, Earlier:MBI finds an additional 7.7 cancers when added to mammography per 1,000 women screened- ProMedica Breast CareMBI provides 400% Increase in Invasive CDR while reducing 50% of Biopsies in…

Help Available Paying for Breast, Cervical and Colon Screening Tests

It’s been there for years but many women still don’t know there is a federal program to pay for breast, cervical and colon cancer tests for those without insurance OR who can’t afford co-pays for the tests. Spread the word about the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, BCCCP, available in every state. The Race for the Cure, which will be held Saturday at Chene Park in Detroit, helps raise money for the program here.

A young woman from Canton knew in her 20s that something was wrong with her right breast, but getting the cancer diagnosis wouldn’t be easy.


Financial Help for Breast, Cervical and Colon Cancer Tests

A long-standing national program, still largely unknown, pays for mammograms, Pap smears and colonoscopies for women 40-64 who are uninsured or who can’t afford out-of-pocket insurance expenses to get these tests. This story highlights the program in Ohio. In Detroit, work is underway to boost awareness of the program with a new media campaign. Spread the word of an essential program that has helped millions of women for years. It has a long name: Breast and Cervical Cancer Project, or BCCCP;

Ohio’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Project which provides cancer screenings, diagnostic testing and case management services at no cost to eligible women,…

Mammography, Imperfect Though It Is, Is Best BC Screening Tool

On January 28-29, leading medical organizations and a federal advisory committee will meet to discuss conflicting mammography guidelines causing confusion among women. We promise to follow. Meantime, publicity about mammography’s short-comings makes women wonder if magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound are better. For

now, they aren’t though each has its appropriate use, particularly as a companion to mammography. Here are two links on MRI and ultrasound for those who want more info.

From ASCO on MRI:

Johns Hopkins on ultrasound:,P07764/

Financial Help for Mammograms, Pap Smears for Uninsured, Under-Insured

A national program pays for mammograms and Pap smears for women who have no insurance or who skip medical appointments and tests because their out-of-pocket costs are so high. It’s important to spread the word, in light of new mammography guidelines.  Congress has told health insurers they can NOT change policies on paying for screening mammograms for two years. Let’s hope that does not happen. Here’s a link to reach the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program.; (888) 242-2702

Federal Panel Further Relaxes Mammogram Standards

A federal panel that has relaxed cancer screening guidelines for breast, prostate and several other tumors has issued new guidelines ditching annual mammograms for many women.  What do you think? My take, as a reporter covering this issue for 30 years: More confusion. Federal government even postponed when these GUIDELINES take effect, to be sure insurance committees don’t reduce coverage.

Mammography Access Critical, Leading Hereditary Cancer Group Says

The nation’s largest group of women with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer mutations has released a statement opposing new mammography guidelines released by the American Cancer Society, saying it fears the new standards will do more harm than good.

“It is important to note that these new guidelines are intended for women at average risk of breast cancer,” says the statement from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE). “Unfortunately, the vast majority of young women diagnosed with breast cancer have no known family history, and many are unaware that they may carry a genetic mutation associated with increased risk of cancer. Others simply have sporadic cancer for unexplained reasons. As such, these guidelines may have a negative impact on the general population and high-risk breast cancer communities alike.

“Many women learn they are at high risk only after they are diagnosed with breast cancer that is most often first detected by breast self-exam or mammogram.,” said the statement. “While saving lives is of primary concern, we should not underestimate the value of early detection, which may help women avoid poorer prognoses and more invasive treatments such as chemotherapy or mastectomy.” The full statement is at: