You probably already know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you're a woman, now is probably a good time to think about getting yourself a mammogram. The National Breast Cancer Foundation recommends that all women over 40 get a mammogram every one to two years. If you're under 40, but have a high-risk of developing breast cancer due to family history, now is the time to talk to your doctor about when they recommend you start!
If you have private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, at least part of the cost of your mammogram should be covered. Under the federal Affordable Health Care Act, if you have a new health insurance plan or insurance policy issued after Sept. 23, 2010, and you are over 40, mammograms must be covered with no copayment or obligation to first meet your deductible.
If you’re uninsured or underinsured, Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) is a good time to get a free or low-cost mammogram. Here are some resources that can help.
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