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American Cancer Society, WXTV Univision 41 and New York-Presbyterian Hospital come together to provide women with free mammograms

 

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New York, NY (February 10, 2012) - Should you get a mammogram? Starting at what age? And what if you don’t have health insurance – or the co-pay for the screening is too expensive? Sometimes mammography screening guidelines can get confusing for women about if, when, and how often they need this potentially life-saving screening. Many women are also unaware that there is financial help available if they don’t have insurance.

This February, the American Cancer Society, WXTV Univision 41 and New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center have teamed up to provide free mammograms to the women in our community. Women should call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to sign up for a free mammogram during the promotion, which takes place on February 14. Important to note — free mammograms for uninsured women are provided year round at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and other facilities across the metro area through grants from the NYS Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently in its sixth year, WXTV Univision 41 has partnered with the American Cancer Society in this campaign in order to bring this life saving message in February during the “month of love,” to encourage women to love themselves and get this life saving screening.

An estimated 14,200 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in Latina women this year. Mammography is currently the best screening test available for the early detection of breast cancer. American Cancer Society guidelines recommend that all women should have their yearly mammogram beginning at age 40.

The "Amate a ti Misma" (Love Yourself) breast cancer campaign launched by WXTV, brings together: The American Cancer Society, the Cancer Services Program, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and Spanish-language station WXTV Univision 41.

Women who don’t have insurance, or women who have expensive co-pays, are encouraged to call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to schedule their free mammogram during the "Amate a ti Misma" campaign on February 14.

For information on breast cancer screening guidelines, or if you have been diagnosed and need assistance, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org

Additional Reading:
American Cancer Society guide to breast cancer
Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos 2009 - 2011

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