Advocates Call for Greater Access to 3-D Mammography
Illinois lawmakers got a lesson in high-tech breast cancer detection today as they looked into a new technology: 3-D mammography.
This is through a new initiative to create access for more women to have 3-D mammogram screenings. The advantage to 3-D screenings is that they pick up smaller invasive cases.
But advocates say not enough women have access to the technology. Medicaid does not cover the procedures.
"We would hope that there would be Medicaid coverage, certainly, so that all women would have access to this, and not just women who have private insurance," Sally Friedewald of Caldwell Breast Cancer Center said. "Even with the women who have private insurance, there's variable coverage, and so again, we want to increase awareness so that there's more coverage for all women."
Advocates for increasing access tell us the procedure could save costs, because women are less likely to have false alarms that oftentimes occur with 2-D screenings. This would lower costs for patients, because cases would be detected earlier, and prevent patients from having to return to repeat the screening.