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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in New York. It is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death in New York women. The best protection against breast cancer is early detection and diagnosis.

Under Governor Cuomo, New York State is taking the most aggressive action in the nation to improve access to breast cancer screening to help more women gain access to the health care and services they need and deserve. This year, legislators passed legislation that expands screening hours at hospitals and clinics, removes insurance barriers, and offers paid leave for screenings to all public employees.

Learn about Governor Cuomo’s Breast Cancer Legislation

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Extended Screening Hours

210 hospitals and hospital extension clinics will be required to offer extended hours of screening for at least four hours per week to help women who have difficulty scheduling mammograms during the typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday.

Eliminate Annual Deductibles

Annual deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance payments (“cost-sharing”) will be eliminated for all screening mammograms, including those provided to women more frequently than current federal screening guidelines such as annual mammograms for women in their forties.

4 Hours of Leave

Employers throughout New York State (including New York City) will be required to provide their employees with four hours of leave each year for breast cancer screening.

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Find a Screening Location

Early detection is the key to survival. To find a screening location, call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) or text "Get Screened" to 81336. 

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Insurance Coverage

All New York State health insurance plans cover breast cancer screenings at no cost to the patient.

New York State Cancer Services Referral Line

Call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) for information on breast cancer screening and support in your area. The line is open 24/7 and can assist non-English speaking callers.

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Extended Mammography Hours

To help women who can't schedule a mammogram during the typical workday, hospitals and clinics are extending their screening hours. Find a location near you.

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