Friday is National Mammography Day, as Breast Cancer Awareness Month continues.
As part of The Early Show's "Early Awareness" campaign, we had a mobile mammography van on our plaza during the entire course of the show, providing free screenings, and we offered word on where women can get free or low-cost mammograms in their areas.
In addition, we did a "pink product roundup" of items whose sales, in part, benefit various breast cancer charities.
The bottom line: Breast cancer, which will claim about 40,000 lives this year, is curable if caught early enough.
WAYS TO FIND FREE OR LOW-COST MAMMOGRAMS IN YOUR AREA
Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure
To find out how to get a low-cost or free mammogram or to find a certified radiology center in your area, call Susan G. Komen for the Cure®'s breast care helpline at 1-877-GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)
Or go to the Komen web site and click on "Affiliates" section. You will find a local Komen affiliate that can put you in touch with Free Mammography programs.
National Cancer Institute
Contact them at 1-800-4-CANCER. Press 0 to talk to a cancer specialist, who would then determine, according the caller's situation, where they should go for a mammogram.
American Cancer Society
Go to cancer.org, find the blue box on the upper right ("Find ACS in Your Community"), enter your zip code, and it'll direct you to your local ACS office. They can tell you what resources are available in your area. Or call the ACS toll-free: 1-800-ACS-2345.
Center for Disease Control's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides access to critical breast and cervical cancer screening services for underserved women in the United States. Their Web site lets you click to your state to find a local health care facility that offers free mammograms for women meeting the income guidelin
The American Breast Cancer Foundation - The Key To Life Breast Cancer Screening Assistance Program
Provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured women and men of all ages for breast cancer testing. This includes annual screenings for women over 40, as well as support services for breast cancer patients.
Financial assistance grants are available to eligible women and men to assist with the following diagnostic tests and services: Clinical Breast Exams,Screening and Diagnostic Mammograms, Ultrasounds, Surgical Consultations, Emergency Biopsies.
Call for a confidential interview. Toll free Enrollment Hotline 877-Key-2-Life (877-539-2543)
Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly known as Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
Click on link below for local affiliates and find free services -- including mammograms. Or call for information about Network of Strength's free-of-charge programs and services at 1-800-221-2141.
Food and Drug Administration: To find a list of CERTIFIED (not necessarily Free or low cost) radiology centers click on link below
FOR "PINK PRODUCTS," GO TO PAGE 2.
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