Reduced-fee and Free Breast Cancer Screening
On a radio show last week in Chicago, I was asked about reduced-fee or free resources for breast and cervical cancer screenings. It occurred to me that I knew about them but hadn’t yet posted the information. Whoopsie!
Regular check-ups (that include screening) are so very important! The primary goal of screening is for early detection. There are of course many varying (and polarizing!) views on screening. I happen to believe in screening. Perhaps one day, I’ll lay out the arguments of the people who are pro-screening and against-screening. But in the meantime, here are the resources that I know of!
CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides access to breast and cervical cancer screening services to under-served women in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 U.S. territories, and 11 tribes. These services include clinical breast examinations, mammograms, pap tests, pelvic examinations, human papillomavirus (HPV) tests, diagnostic testing if results are abnormal, and referrals to treatment. To find a screening location near you, use the interactive map found on their website at www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/index.htm
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) partners with medical facilities across the country to provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to under-served women through the NBCF National Mammography Program. In addition, the NBCF National Mammography Program requires that medical facilities within their network have the capacity to continue treatment after an abnormal finding or diagnosis of breast cancer. For more information, check out their website at www.nationalbreastcancer.org/national-mammography-program
Visit the Susan G. Komen Affiliates page find an affiliate group in your area. Each local group has its own website with important information, like a local breast health resource guide. The Susan G. Komen group funds breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects for those who need it most.
This information will remain permanently available on the “Resources” section of my blog. If you know of any other free or reduced-fee services for breast and cervical cancer screenings, please let me know in the “Comments” section or by emailing me and I will update the resource page accordingly.