October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: WAKE UP and Get a Free or Low Cost Mammogram in South Florida

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: WAKE UP and Get a Free or Low Cost Mammogram in South Florida

According to the National Cancer Institute, 192,370 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and more than 40,000 women will die from the disease this year alone.

While our economy is in dire straits and the war continues, that’s right there’s still a war going on although all the media seemingly focuses on is whether Obama was born in Hawaii or which celebrity is in rehab…anyway, my apologies for the tangent!  Bottom line is that while the unemployment rate rises steadily and the economy worsens people are dying of cancer.  Yeah, we all have problems – WHY HAVE ANOTHER ONE – if you go get a mammogram you can save yourself and your family a whole lot of time and worry and funeral planning.  Perhaps this is coming off to abrasive and this is not meant for those who have no resources and information necessary to obtain this crucial bit of information or that were in fact diagnosed or battling breast cancer.  I was 25 when I found out that I needed emergency surgery for what was on it’s happy way to cervical cancer – yet I still smoke – stupid I know!  So back to the matter at hand, although many people may be aware that this month is just that, Breast Cancer AWARENESS month, I wanted to be sure to advise what resource centers are available in South Florida that are offering mammograms at little to no cost.  My mother is 53 and refuses to have a mammogram, and I cannot do anything to make her have one so instead I turn to this post in hopes that my plea may reach other people even if it’s just one person.  Seventy-five percent of people who die from breast cancer DID NOT HAVE A MAMMOGRAM; this is not an exaggeration or a guess but rather clearly stated by Robin Quivers on the Howard Stern show a couple of days ago..and of course she obtained that information from a viable source. So I don’t remember exactly where, but just to be sure that I do not lose any credibility along with this site’s information I went ahead and posted additional information that will only solidify the notion that preventive healthcare, and for our purposes mammograms specifically are beneficial and have proven to save lives.

If you have health insurance, then HOPEFULLY you know this little piece of legislation I have below that clearly states that an insurance carrier (if your insurance does not cover this then you either have a discount plan, indemnity plan, really lacking benefits, or something really bad anyway and should contact a licensed health insurance agent to compare health insurance options to find a REAL PLAN that covers the REAL IMPORTANT STUFF like MAMMOGRAMS). I hope the information below sheds some more light on your right to have a mammogram and not only that but the importance of doing so and finally on how accessible it is through contacting one of the many resource centers in South Florida - especially during the month of October!

Florida Statutes 627.6613 – Coverage for mammograms

Florida Statutes > Title XXXVII > Chapter 627 > Part VII > § 627.6613 – Coverage for mammograms

Current as of: 2008 Session
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627.6613 Coverage for mammograms.

(1) A group, blanket, or franchise accident or health insurance policy issued, amended, delivered, or renewed in this state must provide coverage for at least the following:

(a) A baseline mammogram for any woman who is 35 years of age or older, but younger than 40 years of age.

(b) A mammogram every 2 years for any woman who is 40 years of age or older, but younger than 50 years of age, or more frequently based on the patient’s physician’s recommendation.

(c) A mammogram every year for any woman who is 50 years of age or older.

(d) One or more mammograms a year, based upon a physician’s recommendation, for any woman who is at risk for breast cancer because of a personal or family history of breast cancer, because of having a history of biopsy-proven benign breast disease, because of having a mother, sister, or daughter who has or has had breast cancer, or because a woman has not given birth before the age of 30.

Breast Cancer Research Highlights From The American Association Of Physicists In Medicine Meeting In Anaheim, July 26-30

Half of all Americans will be diagnosed at some point in their lives with cancer, the number two killer in the United States. One of the most common types, especially among women, is breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, 192,370 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and more than 40,000 women will die from the disease this year alone.

Breast Cancer Screening

Summary of the Evidence


By Linda L. Humphrey, M.D., M.P.H.a; Mark Helfand, M.D., M.S.a; Benjamin K.S. Chan, M.S.a; and Steven H. Woolf, M.D., M.P.H.b.

Address correspondence to: Linda Humphrey, Oregon Health & Science University, Mailcode BICC, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201-3098; E-mail: humphrey@ohsu.edu.

This article originally appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Select for copyright and source information.

Epidemiology

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among North American women. Approximately 1 in 8.2 women will receive a diagnosis of breast cancer during her lifetime, and 1 in 30 will die of the disease.1 Breast cancer incidence increases with age,1 and although significant progress has been made in identifying risk factors and genetic markers, more than 50 percent of cases occur in women without known major predictors.2-5

This review was commissioned to assist the current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in updating its recommendations on breast cancer screening. We focus on information that was not available in 1996, when the previous USPSTF examined the issue.6 Our goal was to critically appraise and synthesize evidence about the overall effectiveness of breast cancer screening, as well as its effectiveness among women younger than 50 years of age.

Effectiveness of Mammography in Reducing Breast Cancer Mortality

Table 4 (Printable Version: PDF File, 8 KB) summarizes the most recent results from trials that included at least some participants older than 50 years of age. The four Swedish trials that compared two to six rounds of mammography with usual care23,26 reported 9 percent to 32 percent reductions in the risk for death from breast cancer.

Discussion

Fair-quality, relatively consistent evidence suggests that mammography screening reduces breast cancer death among women 40 to 74 years of age

Women older than 70 years of age have the highest incidence of breast cancer, and test performance in these women is likely to be similar to that in women 50 to 70 years of age. Therefore, theoretically, mammography should be at least as effective for women older than 65 years of age as it is for younger women.

Miami doctor offers free mammograms to unemployed

By John Dorschner | The Miami Herald

With the number of uninsured rising daily, a prominent South Miami radiologist is offering free mammogram screenings for women who have lost their jobs and health insurance.

“In the spirit of Barack Obama, we need to volunteer to help our country,” said Nilza Kallos, who operates the Breast Health Center and Diagnostic Ultrasound.

She challenged other physicians to make similar offers. “This could be like an invitation to other doctors to step up,” she said.

“I’ve heard surgeons say they don’t have enough work. Well, how about helping those who need help?”

Kallos’ offer comes as many financially pressed patients are curtailing care because they can’t afford it. Some are insured and can’t even afford the co-payments. Few doctors in South Florida are matching Kallos’ free offer, but many in Broward and Miami-Dade are offering discounts to those who need them.

“The situation has reached the crisis stage,” says Bernd Wollschlaeger, a North Miami Beach physician and president of the Dade County Medical Association.

“I think we need to do something.”

He says he and others are lowering their prices for their uninsured patients or giving them other help if they can’t afford to pay. “If you donate some of your time, it comes back to help you,” because patients will remember helpful doctors when the economy improves.

Here are a couple of centers as well as an article regarding how one may be able to obtain a free or low cost mammogram during the month of October especially, I implore anyone over the age of 35 who has not received a base line mammogram to take advantage of this opportunity and even moreso, to those who are over 40 and should be getting a mammogram once a year!  For many more resource centers please go to www.miamihealthquote.com in which lists all the government assistance programs as well as providers in South Florida who offer free or low cost medical services!

You can make an appointment for an array of medical services ranging from mammograms to behavioral health services at the Helen B Bentley Family Health Center in Miami, Fl.

Fees charged for services are based on one’s financial ability to pay. Affordable healthcare. Community based healthcare center. Fees for services and based on client’s ability to pay determined through financial evaluation.

Helen B. Bentley
Family Health Center

3090 SW 37th Avenue • Miami, FL 33133
Phone: 305-447-4950 • Fax: 305-444-7866
bhepburn@hcnetwork.org

http://www.realpagessites.com/helenbbentley/

October 19th, 2006
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 am
Aventura Community Recreation Center
3375 NE 188 Street
Aventura, FL 33180
Breakfast with Breast Cancer Expert – Topic: Breast Cancer Awareness Lecture and Screenings – Physician: Dr. Alana Harris and Project Screen will be providing information on free and low cost mammograms – Food: Light breakfast will be served. – RSVP: 1-888-256-7692

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4 Responses to “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: WAKE UP and Get a Free or Low Cost Mammogram in South Florida”

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  2. That post was great thanks so much as it actually matches my wife’s situation to a t.

  3. admin says:

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  4. This is indeed a great opportunity for women to get Mammogram for free or at low cost. Get assured that you are free from any breast cancers. Act now or suffer from cancer.

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