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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Free and low cost mammograms scheduled

BRIDGEPORT —The SWIM Women’s Imaging Center will offer free and low-cost digital mammography screening for women age 35 and older on the following days: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8, Fairfield Public Health Department, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10, Easton Senior Center, 650 Morehouse Road, Easton.
The latest American Cancer Society guidelines recommend that all women have a mammogram by age 40, and then every year thereafter, the center said in a release.
Mammograms are free for those who do not have health insurance, have financial limitations and qualify for assistance, the release said. For those who do not have insurance but do not qualify for free services, mammograms are discounted. Appointments are necessary and a physician order and insurance card must be brought to the appointment, the release said.
To schedule an appointment or to find out when the mobile mammography unit will be in your area, call St. Vincent’s SWIM Women’s Imaging Center at (203) 576-5500. To schedule a screening site for your office, community center, school or church, call the Mobile Mammography Coordinator at (203) 576-5505.
"The mobile mammography program, one of the largest no-cost and low-cost mammography screening campaigns in all of Fairfield County, is made possible through St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, Connecticut’s leader in cancer education, prevention screenings and support services in the area," the release said.
St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is a charitable, grass roots organization run by the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation of Bridgeport. Since 1987, the SWIM has had a unique niche, providing cancer education, screening and prevention programs at low- or no-cost for the uninsured and underinsured, the release said.

Editor's note: The information in this post was provided wholly by St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound


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