MEDFORD, Ore. — NewsWatch 12 is "going pink" for the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This week on Health Alert, Alicia Rubin is joined in the studio by Kristen Filer from Providence Medford Medical Center.
Breast cancer screening can actually begin at age 25 with self awareness — checking for any alarming signs of breast cancer on yourself periodically. Clinical exams by your doctor should happen every 1-3 years, also starting at age 25.
By age 40-45, women should start having mammograms, which are still the most effective means of detecting breast cancer. For effective screening, women should get a mammogram once every year.
Under the Affordable Care Act, Filer says that insurance is required to cover the cost of mammograms for women age 45 and above.