Free Mammograms for Uninsured Women Age 40 and Older
Three Houston Organizations Work Together to Help the Community Fight Breast Cancer
HOUSTON – The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services and The Rose are working together to provide free mammograms to women age 40 and older who do not have health insurance or a Harris County Hospital District “Gold Card.”
Participants can be referred through the Houston Department of Health and Human Services’ Pap and Family Clinics. To make an appointment, women should call 713-794-9999. M. D. Anderson will provide the mammograms from now through 2010 at designated city health and multi-service center locations.
As a part of the program, women must attend an education session to learn what they can expect at their mammogram and the importance of detecting breast cancer early. Should a diagnostic follow-up mammogram be required, patients will be referred to The Rose, a Houston non-profit breast cancer organization that provides services to low income and uninsured women.
Several women who have had mammograms through the program said they were very pleased with the quick process and remarked on how professional and kind the mammography technicians were throughout the process.
“Everything went well,” one participant commented. “I thought it would hurt more, but it didn’t.”
Funding for this project is provided in part through grants from the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Colgate-Palmolive. Additional information can be found at www.mdanderson.org/projectvalet.