October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to data from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is estimated there will be 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer among women in the United States in 2022. An estimated 43,250 women will lose their battle with breast cancer in the U.S. this year.

Rep. Wheeler Sponsored Law Broadens Availability of Mammogram Screening

Took Effect 1/1/20: Public Act 101-0580, which I was Chief Co-Sponsor of, requires both private insurance and Medicaid to cover several preventative measures to help women detect breast cancer. Mammograms, ultrasounds and MRIs will now be covered when deemed medically necessary by a physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, upwards of ten thousand women in Illinois are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. With the new law increasing access to preventative care, early detection and treatment can help save lives.

Screening tests are used to find breast cancer before it causes any warning signs or symptoms. Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when the chances of survival are highest. Contact your doctor or health care provider to schedule a screening.

For more information and resources about breast cancer, please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website at dph.illinois.gov or call my district office at (630) 345-3464.