Your UC plan not only covers women’s health care but also allows women covered by the plan to participate in an innovative breast cancer study through a clinical trials program at UC medical centers.
As a UC PPO plan member, your coverage includes women’s health services, such as mammograms, annual gynecological exams, family planning services, and other care. You can also take advantage of the Athena Breast Health Network, which serves hundreds of thousands of women who receive breast care at the five UC medical centers and their affiliates. Athena helps women evaluate and manage their breast cancer risk, access resources, and develop a personal plan with their health care provider. When you receive a mammogram, you are also eligible to use Athena’s breast health screening tool, which provides additional information about your risk of developing breast cancer. And if you’re found to be at a high risk, you may receive counseling by phone or in person from an Athena breast health specialist.
Join the WISDOM Study to Understand Your Personal Risk of Breast Cancer
The WISDOM study aims to give physicians — and women — a realistic understanding of their personal risk of breast cancer as well as strategies to reduce their risk. The WISDOM study is testing a new, personalized approach to breast screening based on each woman’s individual risk factors (including her age, genetics, lifestyle, health history, and breast density) to see if it is safer and more effective at finding breast cancers than the standard approach of annual mammograms beginning at the age of 40. If successful, fewer women will suffer from the anxiety of false positive mammograms and unnecessary biopsies. Healthy women ages 40–74 with no prior breast cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) diagnosis are eligible to join the study.
Participation in WISDOM is at no cost to you, takes less than one hour a year, and can be done from the comfort of your home. If you or a covered family member is interested in participating in the WISDOM study, go to thewisdomstudy.org to learn more and sign up.