A Mammogram Could Save Your Life Like it Did for This Woman

Posted on Oct 15th 2021 by Marilyn Young

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Delaying or skipping a mammogram, even just one time, could be hazardous to your health. Phyllis Ingram is living proof of that. It’s a story this Florida Blue employee shares to keep others from going through the terrifying health crisis she did. Phyllis had always gotten her annual mammogram but kept forgetting to schedule her screening in 2008. She finally called in March 2009 and got an appointment for early April. She wasn’t worried because her previous mammograms had been fine. In fact,...

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Marilyn Young spent more than 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor before joining Florida Blue.

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Trust issues linked to Black people getting vaccinations

Posted on Oct 15th 2021 by Marilyn Young

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For decades, Black people have been less likely to get a flu shot than people from other races. The same has been true for COVID-19 vaccinations. Some of the reasons for Black people not getting vaccinated date back decades, according to Dr. Cynthia Griffin, vice president of Medicare pharmacy programs at Florida Blue. They center on trust issues, misperceptions and fears. Other barriers include lack of access and/or transportation, gaps in health care access and transportation concerns. (Click...

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Marilyn Young spent more than 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor before joining Florida Blue.

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Do you need a flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine?

Posted on Oct 11th 2021 by The Better You Team

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The flu and COVID-19 are similar enough to cause confusion about vaccines. While the flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, they're caused by different viruses. And their vaccines use different technologies. That’s why health experts urge you to get vaccinated for both conditions. If you’re thinking the flu isn’t all that bad, think again. The flu can be severe and even lead to death. It usually comes on suddenly. Signs include fever, chills, a cough, sore throat, muscle...

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The Florida Blue Better You program allows employers to customize a suite of health and well-being options for their employees.

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Finding a reason and a purpose after breast cancer diagnosis

Posted on Oct 6th 2021 by The Mammography Team

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Belinda Fleischer is a single mom to an amazing son, an aunt, a daughter, a sister, a loyal friend, a nurse, a caregiver and a breast cancer survivor. Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do or why they happen to you? Often the reason may not become apparent until much later, when you have the chance to reflect. I went for my annual mammogram in August 2005, just like I had been doing the previous six years. I had been getting yearly mammograms because I had dense breasts and...

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The Mammography Team

Millions of women get their mammogram each year. Join them today! If you are age 50 to 74, schedule your mammogram by calling your primary care doctor, OB/GYN or an in-network Mammogram Imaging Center.

 

The Florida Blue health plan covers preventive screenings like mammograms at no extra cost when members see an in-network doctor or provider. For more information or help finding a doctor, go to Find a Doctor and More.

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Breast cancer picked a fight with the wrong chick

Posted on Oct 6th 2021 by The Mammography Team

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Sharon Hagins has two daughters and five wonderful grandchildren and loves to crochet and travel. She has worked at Florida Blue for 31 years. Sharon describes herself as a big advocate for early detection and yearly mammograms. Several years ago, I had a lump in my breast. To my relief, it turned out to be dense tissue. Since women with dense breast tissue are at a higher risk for breast cancer, I had a checkup and a mammogram every six months for the next four years, until I turned 44...

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The Mammography Team

Millions of women get their mammogram each year. Join them today! If you are age 50 to 74, schedule your mammogram by calling your primary care doctor, OB/GYN or an in-network Mammogram Imaging Center.

 

The Florida Blue health plan covers preventive screenings like mammograms at no extra cost when members see an in-network doctor or provider. For more information or help finding a doctor, go to Find a Doctor and More.

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My mammogram caught cancer early; likely kept it from spreading

Posted on Oct 6th 2021 by The Mammography Team

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Karla Logston is a registered nurse and diabetes care and education specialist, who is a clinical director at Florida Blue. Karla and her husband love to travel in their RV in their spare time. I started having annual mammograms at age 40. There was no history of breast cancer in my family, but I had very dense breast tissue so it would be extremely difficult for me to find a lump or notice any change on my own. Two short years later in 2001, something suspicious showed up on my mammogram...

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The Mammography Team

Millions of women get their mammogram each year. Join them today! If you are age 50 to 74, schedule your mammogram by calling your primary care doctor, OB/GYN or an in-network Mammogram Imaging Center.

 

The Florida Blue health plan covers preventive screenings like mammograms at no extra cost when members see an in-network doctor or provider. For more information or help finding a doctor, go to Find a Doctor and More.

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Annual mammogram caught my cancer early enough to avoid chemo

Posted on Oct 6th 2021 by The Mammography Team

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Dr. Elizabeth Malko is a family physician who works for Florida Blue as the vice president and chief medical officer for Medicare Solutions. No one expects to get breast cancer, especially when you have your annual mammogram faithfully. So, I was as surprised as anyone. I’m a family physician. I did my monthly breast self-exams and had my mammogram and physician breast exam every year. And then six years ago, my mammogram spotted a small lesion. It was nothing I, as a physician who’s done...

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The Mammography Team

Millions of women get their mammogram each year. Join them today! If you are age 50 to 74, schedule your mammogram by calling your primary care doctor, OB/GYN or an in-network Mammogram Imaging Center.

 

The Florida Blue health plan covers preventive screenings like mammograms at no extra cost when members see an in-network doctor or provider. For more information or help finding a doctor, go to Find a Doctor and More.

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Get a flu shot and other vaccines at a Florida Blue Center

Posted on Sep 30th 2021 by Florida Blue

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Flu shots and regular vaccinations are one of the most important ways to help protect you and your family this season. To make it a little easier to get up to date on your vaccinations, Florida Blue Centers around the state are offering a series of vaccination clinics. The clinics are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on certain Wednesdays (Oct. 27 and Nov. 3) and Saturdays (Oct. 16 and Nov. 13). Appointments are recommended and can be scheduled here . (See full list of locations below.) Because regular...

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COVID-19 Update: We’re Here to Help You as Pandemic Continues

Posted on Sep 7th 2021 by Florida Blue Coronavirus Resources

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Your health and the health of the communities we serve is our top priority. As we continue to adjust to these rapidly changing times, please know our team is here to answer your questions and help you find the care you need. Myths Versus Facts About the Vaccines Questions about the vaccines? Get personalized one-on-one support and your questions answered by a Florida Blue Center nurse at 877-352-5830 . We’re here to help separate the myths from the facts so you have accurate information about...

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Questions about the vaccines? Call our HOTLINE: 877-352-5830. Get personalized one-on-one support and your questions answered by a Florida Blue Center nurse.

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Take time for your preventive screenings…no matter how busy life is

Posted on Sep 3rd 2021 by The Mammography Team

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Karen Fulton is a wife and a mother to two beautiful daughters. She is a Registered Nurse now working as a Director at Florida Blue in South Florida. Karen’s background and her personal experience have led her to be an advocate for prevention and early detection through regular mammograms. In November 2018, I visited the Memorial Hospital Breast Cancer Center for my yearly routine mammogram. With a known history of dense breasts, I had chosen the 3D approach to my imaging and had been utilizing...

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The Mammography Team

Millions of women get their mammogram each year. Join them today! If you are age 50 to 74, schedule your mammogram by calling your primary care doctor, OB/GYN or an in-network Mammogram Imaging Center.

 

The Florida Blue health plan covers preventive screenings like mammograms at no extra cost when members see an in-network doctor or provider. For more information or help finding a doctor, go to Find a Doctor and More.

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