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Local News November 30, 2012  RSS feed

Free Mammograms In Woodhaven Sat.

Mobile Clinic To Screen Women

State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo announced that he and the American Italian Cancer Foundation will be sponoring free breast cancer screenings for women 40 years of age and older in Woodhaven this Saturday, Dec. 1.

As announced, a free mobile mammography van staffed by members of Multi-Diagnostic Services will be parked outside the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps located at 78-15 Jamaica Ave. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday.

This is the 11th free mammography event the senator has coordinated for women in the 15th Senatorial District since October 2008. An appointment is necessary; call toll free 1-877-628-9090 to schedule an exam.

“We know that early detection of breast cancer can save lives,” Addabbo said. “Once again, I worked with the American Italian Cancer Foundation to bring their Mammogram Van to my district, offering free, vital health care services for women ages 40 and older, who have had no mammograms in the last 12 months, who either have no insurance, or are insured by Medicare, Medicaid or other health insurance, which will be billed for services.”

For women without health insurance, services will be paid for by the Screening Partnerships of the New York State Cancer Services Program (NYS CSP) or through generous contributions by the American Italian Cancer Foundation’s donors.

“However, even insured women will not be charged a co-payment and will not receive a bill,” Addabbo added.

On the day of the Mammogram Van visit, women with Medicare, Medicaid, or other coverage provided by Medicare, Medicaid or almost any other health insurance, must bring their membership card. For more details about the NYS CSP, call 1-866- 442-CANCER (2262).

On the day of the no-cost mammogram screening, women are advised:

• to wear a two-piece outfit;

• not to use any oil, powder, deodorant, or perfume in the breast, underarm or chest area; and

• to bring their Medicare, Medicaid or health insurance card with them, if applicable.

In addition to a mammogram performed by a certified, licensed mammography technologist, professional medical services from Multi-Diagnostic Services (MDS) staff will include:

• clinical breast exam and instruction in breast self-exam by a trained professional;

• radiological interpretations performed by board certified radiologists; and

• results will be sent to each woman and/or her doctor within 10 business days (please provide MDS staff with full name, address to send results to the doctor);

If you provide MDS staff with previous mammogram films, a comparison radiological study will be done, which in some cases eliminates the need for additional testing. For more information about MDS, please call 1-877-628-9090.

“Give yourself and your loved ones an early holiday gift by making that appointment call for a free exam,” Addabbo added. “I want to thank all the generous donors who have funded these American Italian Cancer Foundation’s Mobile Mammography screenings in my district: Avon Foundation Breast Health Outreach Program, National Breast Cancer Foundation, New York City Council, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, The Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the New York State Department of Health.”

For more information, visit www.addabbo.nysenate.gov.