It’s that time of year again: breast cancer awareness month, when sales of everything from bagels to fashion and beauty products fund various breast cancer research organizations.

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Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

• If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.

• If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often. Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

Per the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), all Marketplace and many other health plans must cover breast cancer mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40, free of charge (in network).

For more information, visit Cancer.gov.

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