One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer screenings are important because they can help find breast cancer early. If you’re a woman aged 40 to 49 or have a history of breast cancer in your family regardless of age, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms, and how often. If you’re aged 50 to 74, get a mammogram every two years. Talk with your doctor to decide if you need them more often.
If you’re a UPMC Health Plan member, the Vincentian plan covers traditional and 3D mammograms. Visit the Breast Cancer Awareness Month section of UPMC MyHealth Matters site for information and resources about screenings.
While some risk factors for breast cancer cannot be changed (such as being female, age, and family history), there are steps you can take to reduce your risks of getting breast cancer:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Limit alcohol intake to two or three drinks per week.
- Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, here are resources to help you quit.
Get Your Thrive Wellness Points by October 31
If you’re enrolled in Vincentian’s UPMC Health Plan, you will receive a reduced annual deductible in 2022 and a per paycheck discount in your premium payment in 2022 if you complete the 2021 Thrive requirements outlined below by October 31. If your spouse is covered on your plan, when both of you complete the requirements, you’ll get the reduced annual deductible and a larger premium discount in your paycheck.
Activities the Employee Needs to Complete:
250 points through the other wellness activities
Activities the Insured Spouse Needs to Complete: