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Why Haven't You Had a Mammogram?

A Test You Can't Afford to Skip

"When a woman has to pay all or part of the cost of a mammogram out of her own pocket, studies show she's less likely to have one," says Sally W. Vernon, PhD, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at the Houston School of Public Health. As many as 21% of women in the U.S. say they can't afford mammograms, according to research from the National Women's Health Resource Center.

But in reality, 52% of women overestimate the cost of a mammogram and 40% underestimate how much insurance will pay. The price for a mammogram ranges from $50 to $150, but women with any kind of health insurance are not likely to pay more than $12 out of pocket. In addition, low-cost or free mammograms are available in most places. For more info, call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.