Update: February 18, 2012
WIVB provided coverage of this event.
Lisa Napier of the Cancer Services of Erie County said, "Early detection is key. And every woman regardless of her having insurance, or not having insurance, is deserving of quality health."
The round of free mammograms filled up so quickly, that another day has been added. The next session is March 17th. If you're interested, call (716) 706-2112.
January 6, 2012
Knowledge is power – especially when it comes to the early detection of breast cancer – and an annual mammogram is still a woman’s best protection to safeguard her health. Don’t let the lack of insurance stop you from getting the care you deserve.
Sisters of Charity Hospital and the Cancer Services Program of Erie County are teaming up to offer a free breast cancer screening for women without health insurance on Saturday, February 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the M. Steven Piver, M.D. Center for Women’s Health & Wellness at Sisters Hospital. The Center, located in the hospital’s Seton Professional Building at 2121 Main Street in Buffalo, offers state-of-the-art digital mammography.
Light refreshments will be served.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women ages 40-55. According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight American women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Last year, a breast cancer screening hosted by Sisters Hospital detected a cancerous lump in Ann Dyson, a Buffalo woman who didn't have insurance.
"Without this program, I know that I would be walking around with undetected cancer, with no possibility of hope," she said. "I will be forever grateful to those who found my cancer."
Click on the video below to watch news coverage of the 20th year celebration of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, at which Ann spoke.
The free mammography screening takes about 20 minutes to complete and is open to women age 40 or older, who do not have health insurance and have not had a mammogram in the past year.
Cancer Services Program will cover any follow-up testing and treatment if needed.
Eligible participants can also register for additional no cost screening services.
Participants must meet eligibility requirements and appointments are necessary.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at 706-2112.