Southcoast Health offers free mammograms to the uninsured during the month of October

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Southcoast Radiology and Imaging Services, part of Southcoast Health, is offering free mammograms for uninsured individuals during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Screenings will be offered at all 12 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 changes 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. Southcoast Health also offers patient navigators to assist uninsured patients in need of additional studies beyond a screening mammogram. The patient navigators are Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants who specialize in breast care and help patients find their way through the healthcare system.

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 System 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 following 12 sites will offer the free screenings:

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

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care
206 Mill Road

Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue

Borden Medical Building
300 Hanover 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

St. Luke’s Hospital
101 Page Street

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
874 Purchase Street

Tobey Hospital
43 High Street

Southcoast Health at Rosebrook
100 Rosebrook Way