The Italian-American Cancer Foundation is teaming up with state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) to provide no-cost digital mammograms and clinical breast exams to women over 40.
The Addabbo-sponsored event will feature the mobile mammography van of Multi-Diagnostic Services from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 in front of the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, located at 78-15 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven.
Crowley’s office is sponsoring the van from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at PS 88 in Ridgewood. The school is located at 60-85 Catalpa Ave.
The screenings are available to women 40 years old and older who live in New York City and who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months.
Appointments are required, and can be made by calling 877-628-9090; or Crowley’s district office at (718) 366-3900.
Women with insurance are asked to bring the appropriate information, or their Medicare or Medicaid cards.
For those without insurance the cost will be picked up by the Italian-American Cancer Foundation and the Screening Partnership for the New York State Cancer Services Program.
Women are asked not to apply oil, powder, deodorant or perfume in the breast, chest or underarm areas prior to the examination.
Results will be examined by board-certified radiologists, and will be sent to women or their doctors within 10 days.
Women who want the results sent to their physicians are asked to being the full names and addresses of their doctors.
Women will not be charged an insurance copayment or sent a bill for the services.
Further information on the Screening Partnership for the New York State Cancer Services Program is available by calling (866) 442-CANCER (2262). MDS can be reached at 1 (877) 628-9090.