Lower Your Risk

There are actions you can take to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, such as:

  • Eat a healthy diet, including five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Limit your alcohol intake to one drink per day and don’t smoke.
  • Being physically active - as little as 30 minutes of exercise a day can begin to reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.

Be sure to get a mammogram. A mammogram, an X-ray image of the breast, is a safe and effective way to detect cancerous tumors. The procedure is non-invasive, takes only a few minutes, and saves lives. Beginning at age 40, women should get a mammogram every one or two years. No matter your age, if any of the following factors apply to you, discuss with your doctor whether a mammogram is appropriate: 

  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Menstrual periods occurring before age 12 or after age 55
  • You have never given birth or had your first child after age 30
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Radiation therapy to the chest before age 30

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We just had a child. Can I add my child to my coverage?

Yes, your newborn child will be covered by the Plan from the date of birth, as long as you enroll the child within 30 days from the date of birth. If you enroll the child between 31 and 90 days after the date of birth, coverage for the newborn child begins on the first of the following month. If you miss this 90-day period, you will not be able to enroll your newborn child until the next Open Enrollment Period. You will need to provide the Plan with the necessary documentation. For more information, visit the "If You Have a Baby" section on the Life Events page.

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