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July 22, 2010 Volume 31, No. 4

Program provides free breast cancer screenings

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is providing free diagnostic services to young women with limited financial resources who have found abnormalities in their breasts during a clinical breast exam. The free screenings are provided through a grant from the Mid-Missouri Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

To be eligible, women must be between the ages of 19 and 34 and live in Adair, Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Macon, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage or Randolph counties. Women may not have Medicare, Medicaid or health insurance that covers their diagnostic services, and they must demonstrate limited financial resources. The abnormality must be verified by a care provider during a clinical breast exam.

The grant will help ensure that women with limited financial resources or who lack health insurance in mid-Missouri have the opportunity to receive free ultrasounds and, if needed, mammograms, says Sue Sinele, staff nurse for Ellis Fischel Cancer Screening Services. “These diagnostic services can be critical in diagnosing breast cancer at its earliest stages in young women.”

Grant funding for the free diagnostic services is available until March 31, 2011. For more information, contact Sinele at 884-1140.