Community Breast Cancer Outreach
Detecting breast cancer early means that treatment can be started early, possibly before the disease can spread. Through funding from Komen for the Cure Northeast Ohio, the American Cancer Society and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, MetroHealth's Cancer Care Center offers free mammograms to uninsured or underinsured women who:
- Are over 40 years old
- Have low-income and no insurance; call for specific guidelines
- For women with or without insurance who qualify
Since this program began in 2005, 3,000 women have received mammograms, and more than 300 abnormal exams were found, with 15 women diagnosed at the early stages of breast cancer. To make an appointment, or to see if you qualify, call 216-778-8557.
What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is an X-ray of tissues inside the breast. Mammograms can often show a breast lump before it can be felt.
Who Should Get a Mammogram?
- Women in their 40s and older should have mammograms every year
- Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should ask their health care provider whether to have mammograms and how often to have them.
What if the Mammogram Reveals a Lump?
If the mammogram shows an abnormal area of the breast, the doctor may order further tests. Should testing reveal that a breast lump is malignant, or cancerous, then our compassionate Community Breast Health patient navigators will help you to access further health care services.