National Mammography Day Is Oct. 21

Learn where to go to receive a free screening.

Posted: 10/19/2011 07:16 PM EDT

The National Cancer Institute advises all women over 40 to be screened for breast cancer with a mammogram every year or two. On Oct. 21, National Mammography Day, women nationwide will be able to receive free mammograms.

 

Sponsored by National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is celebrating 25 years of service this month, the initiative seeks to encourage millions of women—especially older women and those in underserved communities—to receive a mammogram and become empowered in the fight against breast cancer. Mammogram facilities that would normally charge full price will provide free or low-cost exams for women on Oct. 21, and some will be extending the free test to other days.

 

Visit the following websites below to learn where to find the nearest participating facilities near you.

 

1.       The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women across the United States. Click here to search for free and low-cost screenings in your state.

 

2. The American College of Radiology provides a database of accredited mammography facilities, including those the ACR recognizes as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence.

 

3. Susan G. Komen for the Cure works with affiliates to fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects. Find an affiliate in your area to learn what resources are available, or call the breast care helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636).

 

4. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also provides a comprehensive list of certified mammography centers, updated weekly. Visit their website to find participating facilities near you.

 

5. Planned Parenthood offers clinical breast exams and referrals for mammography in addition to other services for women. Visit their website or call 1-800-230-PLAN.

 

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