Research shows that women who get screened regularly for breast cancer with a mammogram are more likely to find breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early means these women are less likely to need surgery and chemotherapy and are more likely to be cured. Women who are at average risk for breast cancer and are ages 50 to 74 should get screened at least every two years. In New York State, breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. According to data from the 2020 New York State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, about 82% of females, ages 50 to 74, were screened for breast cancer within the past two years. This is a very good overall screening percentage. However, screening is much lower for women who do not have health insurance or who do not have a regular health care provider. If you are 50 or older and don’t have health insurance, call 877-778-6857 to find out if you qualify for free breast cancer screening.