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Cancer Screenings and Medicare

Q. I'm 67 and get Medicare. Do I have to pay for cancer screenings under the new health care law?

A. Screenings for certain cancers, such as breast and colon, are important at any age, but even more so as we get older because our risk increases with age. With that in mind, beginning in January, under the new law Medicare beneficiaries will get free mammograms, colorectal cancer screenings and other preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Expert: Keith Maley, Department of Health and Human Services.

Carole Fleck is a senior editor at the AARP Bulletin.

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