I had my very first mammogram just a few months after losing my mom. I was 34. I’ve had one every Spring since.
I’ve never paid a co-payment. I’ve never received a bill. I’ve never even had to justify why I’m getting one prior to age 40. I have great insurance.
But not everyone has insurance.
Thankfully, there are great programs out there for women and men who cannot afford to pay for mammograms. Some are Free, while others are low-cost. What a blessing.
1. National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program: the program helps low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. Find information on local programs in your area here. Services include—
* Clinical breast examinations.
* Pap tests.
* Pelvic examinations.
* Diagnostic testing if results are abnormal.
* Referrals to treatment.
Want to know how important programs like this are?
In program year 2009, the NBCCEDP—
* Screened 324,912 women for breast cancer with mammography and found 4,635 breast cancers.
* Screened 320,627 women for cervical cancer with the Pap test and found 4,694 cervical cancers and high-grade precancerous lesions.
2. October Screenings: This month, all across the country, many hospitals and organizations have set up Free or Low Cost Mammogram Screenings. All you need to do is google “free mammogram screening october 2010” and your area.
I know that many women are scared to get mammograms for so many different reasons.
I know….I get scared too.
But the thought of my daughter growing up without her mom scares me more. Please get a mammogram……says a daughter who’d give almost anything to hug her mom one more time.