SSM program offers free mammograms

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women worldwide.  Early detection is key.  SSM Breast  Care  Locations  throughout Missouri will provide free mammograms to under served women  at their locations.

Based on  current studies   health  experts estimates that about one out of every eight women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life. "Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer in women and that's why it's so important for us to find it in women .We want to find it early," said   Dr. Pamela Bunting , DO , SSM Breast Surgeon.

After retirement,   Linda Classe noticed a lump in her breast. Not having the luxuray of health insurance, Classe  took advantage of the  free screening program .To Classe's surprise, she  was diagnosed with breast cancer. I said, ''Where do we go now?"

''You have to be positive ,if you are not positive and you don't take time to laugh and have a good attitude about it, its just going to drag you down," said Classe.

Doctors say early detection is key  to help fight  breast cancer. Every woman, everywhere should have access to a  screening.

''I think every woman should have access to it without having to worry about how much they are going to have to pay out of pocket and how much it's going to cost me, "said Dr. Bunting.

You may be eligible for a free screening mammogram through a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure or Show Me Healthy Women! SSM Breast Care's Empowering and Engaging Women Program offers a free screening

Mammogram for women who:
· Are age 40 or older;
· Have never had a mammogram or have not had a mammogram in more than 13 months;
· And who have no insurance or whose insurance does not pay for mammograms.

The program also offers clinical breast exams and breast health education.
To find out about eligibility, and to schedule an appointment, please call 314-768-8697

SSM Breast Care Locations:

* SSM St. Joseph  Hospital West

*SSM St. Joseph Medical Park

*SSM St. Joseph Heath Center

*SSM DePaul Health Center

*SSM St. Mary's Health Center

*SSm St. Clare health Center

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