In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Indiana State Department of Health is urging women to reduce their risk of the disease by adopting a healthy lifestyle and talking to their health care provider about early detection. In 2014, 4,653 cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in Indiana. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in Indiana, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Hoosier women. Early detection is critical to increasing breast cancer survival rates. Women should have frequent conversations with their healthcare provider about their risks and how often they should be screened. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends a screening mammogram, which helps detect cancers before a lump can be felt, every two years for women ages 50 to 74. Individuals should check with their insurance provider for specific plan information. Indiana’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides access to breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic testing for uninsured and underinsured women who meet age and income eligibility requirements. In addition, the Medicaid Option 3 Treatment Program provides comprehensive medical coverage for women diagnosed outside the IN-BCCP. For more information on the IN-BCCP, call 317.233.7448 or click on the link provided to you on this article below.