NEW BEDFORD — Southcoast Health is offering free mammograms for uninsured women during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Screenings are offered at all 10 Southcoast Breast Imaging Centers across the region, including Dartmouth.
Statistics show that one in eight women over age 40 will develop breast cancer, according to a news release. Since patients are less likely to experience symptoms during the early stage of breast cancer, when tumors are small and most treatable, early detection and regular screenings are necessary to reduce advanced-stage diagnosis and often improve treatment outcome, SouthCoast Health said. The American Cancer Society notes that it is important for women to follow the recommended screening guidelines for detecting breast cancer at an early stage, before symptoms develop. The society recommends that women receive a regular, annual mammogram beginning at age 40.
Data also shows that individuals without health insurance are less likely to have regular breast cancer screenings, significantly reducing their chances of early detection. That is why Southcoast Health is offering this important screening, at no cost, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, according to the release.
Appointments are required. To schedule a free mammogram during October, call central scheduling at (800) 276-0103. Massachusetts residents will also have the opportunity to speak with Patient Financial Services for guidance on how to apply for health insurance. Rhode Island residents without insurance are welcome to take advantage of the free screenings, but will not qualify for financial assistance.
Southcoast Health is a primary provider of breast health services in the region. Southcoast Breast Imaging Center is designated as a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, is certified by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers by the American College of Surgeons, and offers 100 percent digital mammography services at all sites throughout southeastern Massachusetts.
The Dartmouth location is 300B Faunce Corner Road.