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Breast Abnormalities and Other Symptoms
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7/18/2017I am a 9 yr breast cancer survivor. IDC-left breast, stage 1,grade 2, ER,PR +, HER 2 -. I discovered a hard pea size lump in my right arm pit (opposite side of BC) Although I do have health insurance I do not have extra money for co-pays, deductibles. Times are tough right now. Is there anywhere that you know of that I can go for a screening to see if this lump is anything to worry about? The lump does not hurt,no reddness,does not move but it's deep into arm pit. It's been there for a month now. Am I playing Russian roulette with my life waiting until I have extra money? Which could be never at this point. Do you think this lump is a concern? Thank you for all you do.
RepliedJHU's Breast Center Reply
7/19/2017Most hospitals and treatment centers have financial counselors. They can help you with the details of your insurance and help you work out a payment plan for costs associated with care. If you are unable to pay, some places may be willing to reduce or waive some costs if you ask. Since September 2010, the Affordable Care Act has required all new health insurance plans to cover yearly mammograms with no co-payment (co-insurance) for women ages 40 and older. The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program provides access to breast cancer screening to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women.

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