Know Your Rights

  • BRAVE Day is observed on March 21st every year.
  • Early screening with mammograms and preventive treatments may be available as early as age 35 (or earlier), insurance permitting, for those with a family history of breast cancer.
  • If you have felt a mass in your breast, insurance companies will provide access to screening at any age after puberty.
  • Your first mammogram for screening should be at age 40 unless you fit the prior categories.
  • If you have been diagnosed with dense breasts on a mammogram, insurance companies will provide approval for additional diagnostic testing and referral to a specialist to discuss treatment options.
  • If you have the BRCA gene, insurance companies may provide access to preventive procedures and treatment.
  • Women have access to and coverage for restoration following a lumpectomy or mastectomy (reconstructive surgery vs. external bra prosthesis, and custom fitted bras).
  • State and federal laws mandate insurance carriers to cover the cost of restoration procedures following a mastectomy, as well as symmetry procedures for the other side.
  • Women have access to skin care specialists to assess for chest skin changes related to their breast cancer treatments.