Since October is winding down and breast cancer awareness month is consequently almost over I have decided to post this immediate release in hopes that those of you who have been procrastinating or perhaps just too busy with life, work, or what have you, realize that nothing is more important to your family than taking care of yourself. So, put everything ELSE off and schedule an appointment for a mammogram, better yet, a FREE MAMMOGRAM at the most convenient location to your home.
I hate scare tactics, but if you’re too busy with family and work right now to get a FREE MAMMOGRAM just tell yourself that they would be a whole lot busier having to do everything you’re doing for them on top of planning your funeral! I know this may come off as abrasive or without compassion, but it’s the most logical reason I can come up with for myself who is also a workaholic and wishes there was 10 more hours in the day to get it all done; so, for a woman in today’s world it is hard to think of yourself – my way around it is… it’s not for me, it’s for those around me that would have to make up for lost time if I ended up sick especially when I could have caught it early.
So, I hope this is not taken the wrong way and instead understood by all working women, single mothers, stay at home moms, superstitious women, etc as perhaps a glaring reason as to why you should GET A FREE MAMMOGRAM! I sound like the guy from Saturday Night Live with Scarlett Johanssen with the CHANDELIERS…and I apologize if you didn’t get the reference but I’m not trying to sell you something; well, obviously, since it’s FREE anyway!
Before listing the locations of all the medical facilities in South Florida with focus on the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County areas where you will be able to have a free mammogram and priceless piece of mind for your family and friends here is a good start – information and instructions on how to perform a self examination of the breast.
Self-examination of the breast
Breast cancer is easier to treat the earlier it is found. For that reason, some experts recommend that women over age 20 perform a monthly breast self exam to look for new lumps and other changes. The self exam has limitations, however, and is NOT a substitute for regular breast examinations from your doctor or screening mammograms.
First, lie on your back. Place your right hand behind your head. With the middle fingers of your left hand, gently yet firmly press down using small motions to examine the entire right breast. Then, while sitting or standing, examine your armpit (commonly skipped) because breast tissue extends to that area. Gently squeeze the nipple, checking for discharge. Repeat the process on the left breast.
Use one of the patterns shown in the diagram to make sure that you are covering all of the breast tissue. You are feeling for any lump or thickness that stands out or feels new.
Although some women find it easiest to do the exam in the shower, when the skin is soft and wet, you are more likely to examine all of the breast tissue if you are lying down.
Next, stand in front of a mirror with your arms by your side. Look at your breasts directly and in the mirror for changes in skin texture (such as dimpling, puckering, indentations, or skin that looks like an orange peel), shape, contour, or the nipple turning inward. Do the same with your arms raised above your head.
H.O.P.E. Project Mobile Mammography Van
To schedule a free mammogram, call (561) 659-4278
Mobile Free breast cancer screenings will be offered in South Florida beginning in October 2009
Dr. Nilza Kallos
Breast Health Center and Diagnostics Ultrasound
6280 Sunset Dr, South Miami, Fl
For more information or to make an appointment, call 305-665-2223.
“We culminate that neighborhood outreach with a visit from a mobile mammography van offering free mammograms to women who qualify. Where mobile mammography is not available, referrals to sites offering low or no cost mammograms will be offered.”
10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31
Health Care District of Palm Beach County
Apply for low-cost or free health coverage if you are a county resident.
Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Project Access
A program of volunteer doctors who treat the uninsured.
Florida Department of Children and Families’ ACCESS Florida
Apply for Medicaid.
- Caridad Center
A free health clinic based in West Boynton Beach.
- Community Health Center
A free health clinic on 2823 N. Australian Ave in West Palm Beach.
- Carelink International
Free health clinic in Jupiter at 412 Center Street, located immediately east of Beacon Baptist Church.
- Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
A free health clinic in Stuart at 417 SE Balboa Avenue.
Sliding Fee Scale
- Palm Beach County Health Department
Provides primary and dental care on a sliding fee scale. Family planning and prenatal care also available, as are testing and treatment of communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDs, hepatitis C. Clinics are located at various locations within Palm Beach County, including Belle Glade, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Lantana/Lake Worth, Pahokee, Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach.
- Florida Community Health Centers
Provides primary care on a sliding fee scale. Centers are located throughout Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, including Ft. Pierce, Pahokee, Port St. Lucie.
- FAU Wellness Centers
Provides primary care services on a sliding fee scale. Locations in Delray Beach and West Palm Beach:
Delray Beach Full Service Center
(Satellite at Carver Estates)
S.W. 14 th Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: (561) 243-1573
Fax: (561) 279-1765
West Gate Community Wellness Center
1650 Osceola Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Phone: (561) 616-4101
Fax: (561) 616-4179
Director: Susan Beidler, PhD, Mbe, ARNP, BC
Memorial Healthcare System Directory
3501 Johnson Street | Hollywood, Florida 33021
Baptist Medical Plaza at Coral Springs
6264 W. Sample Rd.
Coral Springs, FL
Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center – MOBILE
6401 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Holy Cross Hospital, Inc.,d/b/a Holy Cross Health Plex
1000 NE 56th St
Oakland Park, FL
North Broward Medical Center
201 East Sample Road
Deerfield Beach, FL
Aventura Community Recreation Center
3375 NE 188 Street
Aventura, FL 33180
Local Doctors Willing To Help Patients For Free
The offer is open to uninsured or unemployed women.
Other Resources Are Available
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