Hempstead, NY--Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) and Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, the two lead agencies of Sisters United in Health, is sponsoring a breast cancer screening event to help low-income and uninsured women in the community access no-cost mammograms and clinical breast exams.
The Nu-Health/Nassau Health Care Corporation mammography van will be at PPNC's health center at 540 Fulton Avenue in Hempstead on Friday, October 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. On-site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography and a clinical breast examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results.
"Early detection saves lives," said PPNC's President & CEO, JoAnn D. Smith. "Women too often aren't aware of their own breast health, dismiss a lump as something that doesn't need attention, or are paralyzed by fear. Or, even worse, they simply can't afford a visit to the doctor. Waiting can change the course of a woman's life, and that's why Planned Parenthood is urging women to get screened."
PPNC plays an essential role in ensuring that low-income, at-risk women in our community have access to breast health screenings. In our health centers, we provide more than 4,200 breast exams annually. In addition, PPNC receives a grant from the local Susan G. Komen affiliate, Komen Greater NYC, to underwrite Sisters United in Health, a coalition that provides lifesaving breast health education and referrals for cancer screenings to thousands of low-income, medically underserved women of color on Long Island.
Mammograms are available to all women in Nassau County who are age 40 and older and who have never had a mammogram or are due for their annual screening. Priority will be given to women without health insurance, who will not have to pay any out-of-pocket costs for screening. Women with insurance should bring their insurance card, co-pay, doctor's information and mammogram prescription.
Patients will be required to show ID at the time of the mammogram. Any woman who has had a prior mammogram should bring the original mammography films.
Appointments are necessary and scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. To make an appointment or for more information, call 516-750-2500.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 79 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Hempstead, Glen Cove and Massapequa. In 2011, PPNC provided preventive health services to more than 13,000 patients during 23,000 visits. We conducted education workshops, street outreach and prevention programs to over 36,000 community members, and mobilized 7,500 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 79 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC's services and programs, visit www.ppnc.org.
Sisters United in Health is a coalition that provides lifesaving breast health education and referrals for cancer screenings to thousands of low-income, medically underserved women of color on Long Island. PPNC and the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program serve as Sisters United in Health's lead agencies, and the program is funded by Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®