The Alabama legislature recently passed a statewide law that requires the state health department to offer free tests for breast cancer as well as cervical and colorectal cancer, reports AI.com
The new law will benefit low-income individuals and those whose insurance does not cover preventive procedures.
The state already has the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which provides free mammograms, breast and pelvic exams and pap smears for free to women without insurance between 40 and 64 years old.
Edward Partridge, director of University of Alabama's Comprehensive Cancer Center, said that the program has been a success, but only has enough funding to screen about 30 percent of those eligible, reports the news source.
This new law hopes to reduce the number of cancer cases through early detection and screenings. The state's health department will administer the tests.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends women begin to administer breast self-examinations in their early 20s. Annual mammograms are recommended once women turn 40.