Screening after Treatment
Become familiar with how your breasts feel after surgery. You may feel changes in the breast tissue for several months. Talk with your medical team about how your breast feels, about breast self-exams, and about other plans for screening after your treatment. Knowing the plan for your follow-up is a good way to be more in charge. After a lumpectomy, mammograms on both breasts should continue on the schedule recommended by your doctor. After a mastectomy, follow-up screening is done with physical examination of the remaining tissue on the affected side, and mammograms on the remaining breast. For women who have had both breasts removed, with or without reconstruction, screening is done with physical examination. Follow-up screening will be up to you and medical team. The important thing is to have a plan that works for you, and stick to the plan.
Free & Low Cost Mammograms
UNDER 50 YEARS OF AGE
Several programs around the state provide free or low-cost screening for women under age fifty who meet income guidelines and are uninsured or underinsured. The Colorado affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure provide a list of their funded projects for screening and diagnostic services (see also Support Groups & Programs on this website.) Also look in the Support /Managing Costs section of this website for other organizations that might provide assistance with screening.
40 TO 64 YEARS OF AGE
The Women's Wellness Connection (WWC) is a program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The program is located within healthcare sites across Colorado and provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for eligible women. WWC screenings may include a mammogram, clinical breast exam, pelvic exam, and Pap test and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) testing. WWC will also provide free diagnostic services, as required, for women screened within the program.
To be eligible, women must:
- Live in Colorado, or a state bordering Colorado, and receive breast/cervical health care in Colorado
- Be 40 to 64 years of age (women 40-49 will receive a mammogram at the discretion of the provider)
- Have a household income at or below the 250% Federal Poverty Level
- Not have health insurance that covers the screenings or a deductible/copay that is high enough to cause them to delay or refuse screenings. Women who have recently lost employer health insurance may be eligible for WWC services if they received an abnormal result of a Pap test or mammogram while covered by their previous insurer
- Meet United States citizenship or lawful presence verification criteria.
Women who are screened through WWC and are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer may be eligible for treatment funds through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Medicaid Program.
Women with Medicare Part A and the Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP) are eligible for the Women's Wellness Connection Program. Women with Medicaid and/or Medicare Part B are not eligible for WWC.
For more information and to connect with a screening site in your area please call:
1-866-951-9355 (WELL). Statewide and toll free.
Or call: 719-545-4992 (covering Southeast Colorado, including Colorado Springs and Pueblo); 970-356-5059 (covering Northeast and Northwest Colorado and the Western Slope).
65 YEARS OF AGE OR OVER
Medicare helps pay for a mammogram every year. For questions about Medicare call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit www.medicare.gov.
(S) For Spanish, call 1-866-665-9668 statewide.