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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October brings with it fall colors, pumpkin spice everything, and, of course, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

NBCAM started in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and a pharmaceutical company to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.

By now, we all know how important it is to get an annual mammogram. Most insurance companies will cover a baseline mammogram as early as age 35 – sooner if personal medical history makes it a necessity or as ordered by your physician – and annual screenings starting at age 40.

These mammograms are covered under preventative treatment guidelines at no cost to you. If a mammogram reveals an area of concern, follow-up scans and exams will be covered under your insurance policy’s treatment guidelines. Check with your insurance company directly to verify your specific coverage.

If you don’t have insurance coverage, or if your policy doesn’t offer enough coverage, there are many medical institutions and organizations that offer free mammograms for qualifying individuals.