Free mammograms to promote early detection
Sep 9, 2011
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month is fast approaching, the Highland Breast Imaging Center, in partnership the Cancer Services Program of Monroe County, New York, will be doing their part to encourage women to get mammograms, The Brighton Pittsford Post reports.
The two groups will help spread awareness in the hopes of promoting early detection, by offering free mammograms to women ages 40 and older during a special clinic from 8 a.m. until noon on October 8.
"We want to encourage women to be aware of their breasts, no matter their age," Dr. Avice M. O’Connell, director of the breast imaging center, told the news outlet. "This disease has many treatment options, so women need to understand their risk and continue routine screenings beginning at age 40. If they are at higher risk, mammograms need to start even sooner."
The clinic hopes to reach out to those without health insurance, or those whose plan doesn't cover the important mammogram procedure.
Early detection can be key to giving women and men a chance at survival. With 207,000 new cases of breast cancer in 2010, according to BreastCancer.org, finding out sooner could mean the difference between life and death.