Michelle Obama highlights cancer awareness

WASHINGTON - October 23, 2009 At the White House on Friday, an audience of breast cancer survivors, advocates and lawmakers heard other women describe being denied coverage because of a cancer diagnosis in their past.

Mrs. Obama says enacting changes President Barack Obama wants would make a difference for breast cancer survivors, those living with cancer and anyone who may have the disease but not know it because they cannot afford to pay for a mammogram.

Under Obama's proposal, insurers would be barred from denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition and would be required to pay for preventative screenings like mammograms.

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