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For Immediate Release:
September 26. 2013


Southcoast Radiology and Imaging Services offers free mammograms during the month of October

Free screenings to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - Southcoast® Radiology and Imaging Services, part of Southcoast Health System, will offer free mammograms for uninsured individuals during National Breast Cancer Awareness month, this October. Screenings will be offered at all twelve 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 diagnose 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 mammography beginning at age 40.

Data also shows that individuals without health insurance are less likely to have regular breast cancer screenings, significantly reducing their changes of early detection. That is why Southcoast is offering this important screening, at no cost, to any uninsured individual during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 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. Appointments are required. To schedule a free mammogram during the month of October call central scheduling, at 800-276-0103.

Southcoast Health System is a primary provider of breast health services in the region. Southcoast’s Breast Imaging Centers are designated as Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and offer 100 percent digital mammography services at of their sites throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. The following 11 sites will offer the free screenings:

DARTMOUTH
Southcoast Center for Women’s Health
300B Faunce Corner Road

FAIRHAVEN
Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care
206 Mill Road

FALL RIVER
Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue

Borden Medical Building
300Hanover Street

HealthFirst Family Care Center
387 Quarry Street, Suite 104

Narragansett Mill
1565 North Main Street

New Boston Medical Center
373 New Boston Road

Truesdale Clinic
263 Stanley Street

NEW BEDFORD
Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
874 Purchase Street

WAREHAM
Tobey Hospital
43 High Street

Southcoast Health System at Rosebrook
100 Rosebrook Way




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