Medicare coverage for more than one mammogram per year?

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Question from Ocho: My concern is that I recently joined the Medicare coverage and I noted they only cover one mammogram each year. What about us already with cancer and surgery who have the need for at least two a year?
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. The Medicare guidelines are focused on primarily on screening mammograms: those done to detect disease in women who have never had breast cancer and have no symptoms. The coverage for diagnostic mammograms, those done to investigate a previous problem, might be different. This sometimes requires discussing your concerns both with your insurance carrier and your oncologist or surgeon to determine the options and the best approach for you.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium featured Kathy Miller, M.D. and Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in December 2009.

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