Southcoast Health Offering Free Mammograms to Uninsured this Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Southcoast Health today announced that it is offering free mammograms for uninsured individuals during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Screenings are offered at all 10 Southcoast Breast Imaging Centers across the region.

Statistics show that one in eight women over the age of 40 will develop breast cancer. Since patients are less likely to experience symptoms during the early stage of breast cancer, when tumors are small and most treatable, early detection and regular screenings are a necessity to reduce advanced stage diagnosis and often improve treatment outcome. The American Cancer Society (ACS) notes that it is very important for women to follow the recommended screening guidelines for detecting breast cancer at an early stage, before symptoms develop. The ACS recommends that women receive a regular, annual mammogram beginning at age 40.

Data also shows that individuals without health insurance are less likely to have regular breast cancer screenings, significantly reducing their chances of early detection. That is why Southcoast Health is offering this important screening, at no cost, to any uninsured individual during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Appointments are required. To schedule a free mammogram during the month of October, call central scheduling at 800-276-0103. Massachusetts residents will also have the opportunity to speak with Patient Financial Services for guidance on how to apply for health insurance. Rhode Island residents without insurance are welcome to take advantage of the free screenings, but will not qualify for financial assistance.

Southcoast Health is a primary provider of breast health services in the region. Southcoast Breast Imaging Center is designated as Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, is certified by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers by the American College of Surgeons, and offer 100 percent digital mammography services at all of their sites throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

The Southcoast Breast Imaging Centers are located at:

 

DARTMOUTH

Southcoast Center for Women’s Health

300B Faunce Corner Road

 

FALL RIVER

Charlton Memorial Hospital

363 Highland Avenue

 

Borden Medical Building

300 Hanover Street

 

HealthFirst Family Care Center

387 Quarry Street, Suite 104

 

New Boston Medical Center

373 New Boston Road

 

Truesdale Clinic

263 Stanley Street

 

NEW BEDFORD

St. Luke’s Hospital

101 Page Street

 

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center

874 Purchase Street

 

WAREHAM

Tobey Hospital

43 High Street

 

Southcoast Health at Rosebrook

100 Rosebrook Way


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