Free Mammograms Being Offered in South Jersey This MonthLast Edited:
According to the Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
And the month of October is all about raising awareness about the disease.
That’s why Advanced Shore Imaging is doing its part in ensuring that anyone who needs mammograms can get one.
Officials with the Breast Cancer Foundation state that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and that one way to combat this deadly disease is early detection.
“If you wait and the cancer becomes more advanced the treatments are much more extensive," said Dr. Alicia Daniels, radiologist at Advance Shore Imaging. "The earlier you detect the cancer the better you can treat it."
She recommends women getting a mammogram once a year beginning at age 40.
Daniels also said the screening can help detect cancers up to two years before they’re actually felt.
“It can help detect cancers early where there’s less treatment involved; [it will be] less aggressive treatment if we catch it early rather than catching it later,” said Daniels.
So, to help anyone who needs a mammogram, Advanced Shore Imaging is offering them for free during the month of October.
“We offer free mammograms for patients [who] are underinsured or don’t have insurance, and encourage them to come in for their mammogram," said Daniels.
"They do need a prescription either from their doctor or, if they don’t have a physician, we can refer them to someone to get a prescription.”
She said there’s no need to be nervous about the procedure.
“Don’t be anxious," said Daniels. "Getting breast cancer is far worse, obviously, then getting a mammogram. It can be a little uncomfortable but not painful. It’s preventive [and] it can save your life.”
Women who get their mammogram this month will be invited to the office's ladies night.
“On Wednesday, November 1st, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., we will have a little get-together here to help celebrate people getting their mammograms and highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Daniels.
Representatives with Advanced Shore Imaging hope this month of awareness will help shed light on just how important mammograms can be.
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