Paterson marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Nov 15, 2010

New York's governor highlighted some of the rules in the state regarding mammograms and health insurance.

October marked the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time for women to consider their health and perhaps their life insurance options.

New York Governor David Paterson also recognized the anniversary by pointing the state's efforts in fighting breast cancer. He said the law mandates health insurance provide coverage for mammograms for women of any age who have a personal or family history of the disease, provided the procedure is recommended by a doctor.

"Additionally, our state mandates that insurance cover a mammogram every two years, or more frequently if a doctor recommends, for women aged 40 to 49 and an annual mammogram for women aged 50 and older," Paterson said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early. Doing so can help lower the fatality rate tied to the condition.

The American Cancer Society has sponsored a number of walks across the country with the goal of raising funds and awareness about the disease. While many of these events may have already taken place, consumers can still donate to help support research.

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