Uninsured women provided mammograms through local organizations

TTUHSC at Amarilloâ??s Breast Center for Excellence has partnered with United Supermarkets and the Amarillo Area Breast Health Coalition to provide cancer screenings to uninsured women.

The two outreach events will take place Friday, June 20th, between 4-6 pm at the United on 3400 River Rd. and from 4-6 pm on Saturday, June 21st, at the United located at 1501 Amarillo Blvd. East.

The goal of the event is to educate women on the importance of screening and breast examinations, to qualify women who do not have insurance and may need a mammogram or have never had one before, and setting up appointments for those women who are in need of those examinations or mammograms.

â??This is really important because there are still women out in our community who still do not have insurance who have not had a mammogram in the past year or possibly, this could be their first mammogram,â?? said Sharon Felts of the Texas Tech Breast Center for Excellence. â??They donâ??t have insurance and donâ??t feel as if they could afford to get checked, but the whole purpose of a mammogram is catching cancer at an early state.â??

Felts said if breast cancer is diagnosed in an early stage, there is a 98% of survival.

â??Iâ??m passionate about this because I know that women do not get screened and I know that if they donâ??t get screened, theyâ??re at risk,â?? said Leticia Goodrich, executive director of the Amarillo Area Breast Health Coalition. â??There is no woman that should die because of breast cancer, because it can be treated if caught early.â??

To be eligible for a mammogram, women must be a Texas resident and provide proof of address, must be uninsured, have a valid photo ID and provide income verification or proof of assistance.

â??We average about 20 cancer diagnoses through these outreach events each year,â?? said Felts. â??So yes, itâ??s important. Sometimes its younger women and sometimes its older women. If youâ??re a woman, youâ??re at risk. And the older you get the more at risk you are. So thatâ??s why it is so critical that screening mammograms begin at age 40.â??