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I have a high risk for breast cancer. Can I get free counseling to see if medicines can help (chemoprevention)?

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You may be able to take medicines to lower your risk for breast cancer. These drugs block the effects of the hormone estrogen, which can cause breast cancer to grow. This approach is called chemoprevention.

If you're at high risk for breast cancer, you can get free counseling to discuss whether you might need chemoprevention.

Only the counseling is free. If you need the treatment, you'll have to pay for the medicines and associated doctor appointments.

From: Free Breast Cancer Screening & Prevention WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:  "Preventive health services for adults;" "Preventive health services for women;" "Talk with a Doctor If Breast or Ovarian Cancer Runs in Your Family;" "Get Tested for Breast Cancer;" and "2013 Poverty Guidelines."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "USPSTF A and B Recommendations."

American Cancer Society: "Affordable Care Act: Breast Cancer Screening;" "Cancer Prevention, Screening & Treatment Under the Affordable Care Act;" "Paying For Breast Cancer Screening;" "Medicare Coverage for Cancer Prevention and Early Detection."

Community Catalyst and the Center for Health Insurance Studies, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute: "Essential Benefit Package."

CMS.gov: "Affordable Care Act Implementation FAQs - Set 12."

FamiliesUSA.org: "2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines."

Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program, “SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Breast Cancer.”  


Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on September 17, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:  "Preventive health services for adults;" "Preventive health services for women;" "Talk with a Doctor If Breast or Ovarian Cancer Runs in Your Family;" "Get Tested for Breast Cancer;" and "2013 Poverty Guidelines."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "USPSTF A and B Recommendations."

American Cancer Society: "Affordable Care Act: Breast Cancer Screening;" "Cancer Prevention, Screening & Treatment Under the Affordable Care Act;" "Paying For Breast Cancer Screening;" "Medicare Coverage for Cancer Prevention and Early Detection."

Community Catalyst and the Center for Health Insurance Studies, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute: "Essential Benefit Package."

CMS.gov: "Affordable Care Act Implementation FAQs - Set 12."

FamiliesUSA.org: "2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines."

Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program, “SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Breast Cancer.”  


Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on September 17, 2018

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