I am 46, white female and I need your help. I live in the Orlando, Fl. area and I am in need of a free mammogram. I have experienced two breast surgeries as a young person. My grandmother lost her 8-year battle against breast cancer in 2000. I lost my job in 2009, and can't afford a mammogram and doctor's appointment. Can you help me find a free clinic in my area? You could save my life. Thank you.
Absolutely. First, check with your local hospital or medical center. Call and ask to speak with the social workers, explain your situation, and see if they can help you.
If you don't get the help you need from your local hospital, take a look at our post on mammograms for underserved women. You'll be able to find a link that lists Florida facilities offering free or reduced-cost mammograms.
Best of luck. Hope your mammogram shows no problem. PJH
The Clinic is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:00pm and Saturdays at 8:00 am. No appointment is necessary. However, we can only see the first 25 patients.
Fees may vary per lab work ordered.
The following services are not offered by the After-hours Medical Clinic; routine physicals, prenatal care, chronic pain management, HIV testing or treatment, sexually transmitted disease screening, contraception management, mental health or psychiatric issues and seizure disorders.
2604 N. Orange AvenueOrlando, FL 32804407-303-7298(Across from the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, corner of N. Orange Avenue and Winter Park Street)
I forgot to mention the cost is $35.00.
Thank you so much for providing this helpful information. I'm sure it will be really useful for our readers in the Orlando area. Many hospitals have similar services. The hospital where I have my mammogram has signs prominently displayed saying that arrangements can be made for anyone who can't afford a mammogram.
Do they have a Community Center in Longwood? I went to Urgent Care months ago and they gave me a referral to get a mammogram, but I don't have the money to get one. I called Florida Hospital in Longwood, to see if they would give free mammograms and they said no.
Below are some phone numbers from the National Cancer Institute that you could call to find out about Longwood. The link to the list of clinics in the excerpt I have copied was not working when I went to check about Longwood specifically. The problem may be temporary. If not, try the phone line.
How can uninsured or low-income women obtain a free or low-cost screening mammogram?
Some state and local health programs and employers provide mammograms free or at low cost. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coordinates the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. This program provides screening services, including clinical breast exams and mammograms, to low-income, uninsured women throughout the United States and in several U.S. territories. Contact information for local programs is available from the CDC at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/cancercontacts/nbccedp/contacts.asp or by calling 1–800–CDC–INFO (1–800–232–4636).
Information about free or low-cost mammography screening programs is also available from NCI’s Cancer Information Service at 1–800–4–CANCER (1–800–422– 6237) and from local hospitals, health departments, women’s centers, or other community groups.
What does your race have to get with obtaining healthcare information? It should not matter whether you are White, Black, Asian or otherwise, if you need assistance then you need assistance. I hope by stating your are "white" does not imply you should be a priority or receive support over anyone else.
Hope you were able to find the help you need, despite your race.
Let's give Leslie the benefit of the doubt. While race isn't a factor in the need for a mammogram, sometimes race can affect risk factors for specific health problems. That's why it is a question usually included in health histories. While we didn't need to know Leslie's age or race to tell her about mammograms in her area, maybe she is used to providing complete demographic data in health situations. As a person who answers questions here at HealthCentral, I would prefer that a person include more information than I need than to leave something out.
I agree, so why not have more of the type of information that is pertainent because race should not be a factor in who does and who does not receive information that could save their life.
You are absolutely correct. Race should not be a factor in access to medical information and facilities.