Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in American women, contributing to 15 percent of cancer-related deaths in women in 2008, according to the American Cancer Society.
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A mammogram is the most reliable way to detect breast cancer. Medicare covers screening mammograms once every 12 months for women 40 and older. Medicare covers one baseline mammogram for women between 35-39. Starting January 1, 2011, there is no deductible or copay for a screening mammogram.
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