If you receive Medicare benefits, you know it covers a number of services. However, because there are so many parts, you may not be aware of just how much it covers. Medicare beneficiaries can get a number of screenings through Part B. Part B includes several cancer screenings as well as screenings for things like cardiovascular health and diabetes.
Some of these screenings are available once per year, while others are available every two to five years. Talk to your doctor to understand your risk for certain diseases and illnesses. Your doctor will recommend which screenings to get based on your lifestyle, health, and family history.
A yearly mammogram can help you detect breast cancer early, when treatment is most effective. Medicare covers one screening mammogram every 12 months for women 40 or older.
Cervical & Vaginal Cancer Screenings
Medicare Part B covers Pap tests and pelvic exams. These check for cervical and vaginal cancers. You can also get a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test every 5 years if you’re between ages 30 and 65.
Colorectal Cancer Screenings
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. Medicare covers a number of colorectal cancer screenings, including multi-target stool DNA tests and colonoscopies.
Prostate Cancer Screenings
Prostate cancer is another one of the most common cancers among men. Medicare Part B covers yearly digital rectal exams and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood tests for men over 50.
Lung Cancer Screenings
Once per year, you can get a lung cancer screening if you’re between ages 55 and 77, you don’t have symptoms of lung cancer, and are a current or former smoker.
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