Are you looking for a free mammogram? The average cost of a mammogram is $100, but may range from $75 to $250. If your income is low, or you're uninsured, you may be able to get a low-cost or free mammogram. Women who are 40 and over should not skip having their annual mammogram – it's still the best way to screen for breast lumps and abnormalities. Mammograms can help detect 85 to 90% of all breast cancers, even before you can feel a lump – that's the point at which cancer is most treatable. Here are several resources for low-cost or free mammograms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a program to provide low-income, uninsured, and underserved women with access to screening and diagnostic services for timely breast and cervical cancer. This program is funded for all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, the 5 U.S. territories, and 12 American Indian/Alaska Native tribal organizations. You can get these clinical breast exams and screening mammograms through your state's Medicaid benefits. Pelvic exams and PAP smears are also available through this program.
Free mammograms and discounted mammograms must be done with the same quality and care as full-price breast screening. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does annual inspections at clinics that do mammography. They check up on the machines and all the staff that are associated with their mammography program. You can easily search for FDA approved mammography by zip code, state, city, and name of facility. Once you find the facility closest to you, call and ask about low-cost and free mammograms.
Get Your Mammogram Done During BCAM
One way to remember Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to go for a free or low-cost mammogram at a facility that has special rates during October. Look around for these breast-screening deals during the week of National Mammography Day or any day of October. Try these places:
Check Out Your Local Support Organizations
Several national cancer support organizations offer financial assistance for mammograms, or access to free mammograms. If Medicare does not yet cover you, or you have a low income, or you're uninsured, check with these organizations for help. Don't skip your mammogram because of a lack of money.