BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Free screenings available locally for the uninsured and underinsured

ASHLEY D. THOMAS
DAYTONA TIMES

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease – the second-leading cause of death in women. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

Breast Cancer survivors and supporters participate in a 5k walk at Spring Hill Park in Deland on Oct. 18.(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)
Breast Cancer survivors and supporters participate in a 5k walk at Spring Hill Park in Deland on Oct. 18.
(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

It is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and more than 40,000 will die. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here is a list of organizations that provide help to Volusia County residents seeking information, treatment and preventive care.

Halifax Medical Center offers free mammograms for Volusia County residents 40 and older who are uninsured and meet limited financial requirement. The center also may help with diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds. Residents must have a prescription from a doctor. Call 386-254-4210 for more information.

The Volusia County Health Department’s Saving Our Selves Program offers free breast and cervical exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and, in some cases, biopsies for women 50-64 with limited income and are uninsured or underinsured. Contact Margaret Smith at 800-226-6110 for more information.

The American Breast Cancer Foundation’s Key to Life Breast Cancer Screening Assistance Program provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured women of all ages for clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies.

Women interested in the screening assistance can call 877-539-2543 to apply for assistance.

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