Health Net Federal Services, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), today announced its month-long October breast cancer awareness campaign focused on the military community and the network of physicians who serve our military families in the TRICARE North Region.
According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, approximately 70 percent of women nationwide aged 40-69 are current on their breast cancer screenings. According to TRICARE North Region claims data, the percentage of these women who are TRICARE Prime beneficiaries and have been screened falls 7 percent below the national average.
“Through our month-long awareness campaign, including the introduction of a special camouflage/pink ribbon pin, Health Net Federal Services plans to recognize women in the military community for their contributions and sacrifice to our country, their communities and their families, and to remind them to take time to care for themselves,” said Thomas Carrato, president, Health Net Federal Services. “We also plan to raise awareness of TRICARE’s breast cancer screening benefit. TRICARE covers one screening mammogram for all women beginning at age 40 from a network provider annually at no cost. Women with a high risk, such as those with a family history of disease, may be eligible for screening at age 30.”
Key to its breast cancer awareness campaign is a unique camouflage/pink ribbon pin designed by Health Net Federal Services to symbolize a united front in the fight against breast cancer within the military community. Breast cancer pins will be available at targeted provider practices and facilities in the TRICARE North Region. Additionally, camouflage/pink ribbon pins are being handed out at military symposiums and events, as well as health-related runs, such as the recent Navy 5 Miler and upcoming Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21, 2012.According to the American Cancer Society:
- All women are at risk for breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancer.
- Approximately one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. That means more than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year.
- The risk of developing breast cancer increases as a woman ages (about two of three invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older).
- Caucasian women are more likely to get breast cancer than women of any other racial or ethnic group; however, African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer.