Free Mammogram Guide: Mammograms for Underserved Women

PJ Hamel Health Guide October 19, 2007
  • Q. I don’t have health insurance, and I just can’t afford the cost of a mammogram. What can I do?A. There are a number of resources you can access to receive a mammogram at no cost. Try any of these:The American Cancer Society. Go to cancer.org, find the blue box on the upper right (&ldqu...

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  • MARY (BREAST CANCER)
    May. 01, 2012

    I found this sight and right away it was helpful it took me right where i needed to go !!!! I dont have health insurance my family does but i do not so i know i will need help with this as i go, being that my mother, two grandmothers,two aunts (and have all now passed on) and two cusins that have just found out they have it to . this is such a big blow to our...

    RHMLucky777

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    I found this sight and right away it was helpful it took me right where i needed to go !!!! I dont have health insurance my family does but i do not so i know i will need help with this as i go, being that my mother, two grandmothers,two aunts (and have all now passed on) and two cusins that have just found out they have it to . this is such a big blow to our family now all of us girls are scared to death we may also follow ,,,,,,,MY QUESTION IS ....if they do find cancer with no health  insurance how do i have this treated where would i go from here any and all help would be so greatful  MARY

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      May. 01, 2012

      Mary, I'm so sorry your family is going through this. Please be sure to follow the instructions in this post about receiving a mammogram through the Federal program that provides them to women without insurance; if you do that, then your treatment would be covered by one of the governmental agencies. Also, please speak with a hospital social worker before you...

      RHMLucky777

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      Mary, I'm so sorry your family is going through this. Please be sure to follow the instructions in this post about receiving a mammogram through the Federal program that provides them to women without insurance; if you do that, then your treatment would be covered by one of the governmental agencies. Also, please speak with a hospital social worker before you do anything; s/he will be able to discuss how you'd go about getting treatment, IF you're diagnosed with cancer (and I surely hope you aren't). Good luck to you - PJH

  • Kathy DiCaprio
    Feb. 27, 2012

    The Cancer Services Program provides the uninsured with free cancer screenings.  We will provide Uninsured women 40 and over with a free clinical breast exam, mammogram and pap/pelvic exam.  We will provide Uninsured men and women 50 and over with a colon cancer screening.  If something is found on the screenings and there is need for follow...

    RHMLucky777

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    The Cancer Services Program provides the uninsured with free cancer screenings.  We will provide Uninsured women 40 and over with a free clinical breast exam, mammogram and pap/pelvic exam.  We will provide Uninsured men and women 50 and over with a colon cancer screening.  If something is found on the screenings and there is need for follow up, the program will pay for that.  If cancer is diagnosed the patient may be eligible for our Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program.  There is a similar program in every state but the services may change.  New York state has a program in every county.  Go to www.cspofalbany.com for more information.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Feb. 27, 2012

      Kathy, thank you SO much for taking the time to post this valuable information. Really appreciated. PJH

  • Kathy DiCaprio
    Feb. 27, 2012

    The Cancer Services Program provides the uninsured with free cancer screenings.  We will provide Uninsured women 40 and over with a free clinical breast exam, mammogram and pap/pelvic exam.  We will provide Uninsured men and women 50 and over with a colon cancer screening.  If something is found on the screenings and there is need for follow...

    RHMLucky777

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    The Cancer Services Program provides the uninsured with free cancer screenings.  We will provide Uninsured women 40 and over with a free clinical breast exam, mammogram and pap/pelvic exam.  We will provide Uninsured men and women 50 and over with a colon cancer screening.  If something is found on the screenings and there is need for follow up, the program will pay for that.  If cancer is diagnosed the patient may be eligible for our Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program.  There is a similar program in every state but the services may change.  New York state has a program in every county.  Go to www.cspofalbany.com for more information.

  • Joyce Geyer
    Apr. 14, 2010

    Hi PJ: I added your link to my site on Examiner. I decided to read some of your articles, and comments others have made. I really enjoy this site, as you and I have been there. Yes, I am a breast Cancer Survivor too!  Anyone can stop by my site and read what I've written, and thank you PJ you have a beautiful site. God Bless! Joyce Geyer

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Apr. 14, 2010

      Thanks, Joyce - be well. PJH

    • Anonymous
      Joyce Geyer
      Apr. 15, 2010

      God Bless and keep you and yours safe.

      Joyce Geyer

  • Anonymous
    frustrated and ...
    Oct. 26, 2009

    I don't have insurance so I don't want to get a free mammogram. If it comes back and says I'm healthy, great. Otherwise, it just tells me that I'm going to die a horrible death that will likely ruin my family financially because I do not have insurance for treatment AND that I will be prevented from ever getting insurance in the future as I will...

    RHMLucky777

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    I don't have insurance so I don't want to get a free mammogram. If it comes back and says I'm healthy, great. Otherwise, it just tells me that I'm going to die a horrible death that will likely ruin my family financially because I do not have insurance for treatment AND that I will be prevented from ever getting insurance in the future as I will have a documented 'pre-existing condition' on my record. So what's the point?

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Oct. 26, 2009

      Hi - There's a federal program that might fit your situation just perfectly. Please read our post on mammograms and breast cancer treatment for underserved women. Good luck - PJH

       

       

    • Kathy DiCaprio
      Feb. 27, 2012

      Our program pays for all follow up needed after the free cancer screenings and for treatment for breast, cervical and colon cancer if found through our screenings if the client is eligible.

       

      Go to www.cspofalbany.com to learn more about this program in NY and similar programs in other states.

    • Kathy DiCaprio
      Feb. 27, 2012

      Our program pays for all follow up needed after the free cancer screenings and for treatment for breast, cervical and colon cancer if found through our screenings if the client is eligible.

       

      Go to www.cspofalbany.com to learn more about this program in NY and similar programs in other states.

  • Anonymous
    Abby
    Oct. 22, 2009

    Thanks for such a great list. It looks to be very helpful!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oct. 07, 2009

    I couldn't agree more about the importance of a mammogram, since one caught my cancer early and saved my life.  But if the patient doesn't have insurance, who pays for treatment?!

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Oct. 07, 2009

      Check this link for a list of resources providing free/low-coast mammograms for underserved women. Free mammograms are out there - you just need to know where to find them. PJH

  • Anonymous
    Name Withheld
    Apr. 02, 2009

    May I also take this one step further?

     

    I hope this doesn't happen but if the tests detect a cancerous lump, please go to a Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

     

    Go to this site for a complete list, state by state: http://cancercenters.cancer.gov/cancer_centers/cancer-centers-list.html )

     

    My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago. ...

    RHMLucky777

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    May I also take this one step further?

     

    I hope this doesn't happen but if the tests detect a cancerous lump, please go to a Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

     

    Go to this site for a complete list, state by state: http://cancercenters.cancer.gov/cancer_centers/cancer-centers-list.html )

     

    My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago.  I did my research, jumped into the net, asked professionals, and read everything I could in order that I could find the best and the brightest doctors.

     

    Believe it or not, I also researched where the rich and famous are treated if they are diagnosed with cancer.

     

    All of them - from foreign kings to American celebrities - are treated here at the Comprehensive Cancer Centers here in the U-S.

     

    The CCC at Yale Hospital (part of Yale University) saved my wife's life - our life.

     

    I will always be grateful.

     

    With best wishes,

     

     

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Apr. 02, 2009

      There are, I believe 39 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States. I, too, was lucky enough to be reated at one - just 2 miles from my home. I'm glad your wife is doing well - and that she was fortunate enough to have a husband who researched the best treatment options, and was then able to access them. Best wishes to you both - PJH

    • Anonymous
      John Edenburn
      Apr. 03, 2009

      Thank you.

       

      Our best to you, too.

       

      Sincerely,

       

      Kathy & Sean

      Columbia, CT