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Cancer Support Home to Offer Free Breast Cancer Screenings on October 26

The Washington Regional Cancer Support Home will offer free clinical breast exams and screening mammograms on Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at The Breast Center, located at 55 West Sunbridge Drive, in Fayetteville. The examinations are offered at no cost to the public and are performed by physicians and/or registered nurse practitioners. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, please call 479-521-8024.

A free screening mammogram will be available for those who qualify based on age, income, and physician recommendation. Additional follow-up mammography and imaging services for patients with no or limited insurance coverage are available through the Cancer Support Home’s No Excuses program or other financial assistance programs. Interpretation services are available upon request.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends women start clinical breast exams at age 25 and continue after they begin having mammograms. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women who are 50 to 74 years old and are at average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every two years. Women who are 40 to 49 years old should talk to their doctor or other health care professional about when to start and how often to get a mammogram. Women should weigh the benefits and risks of screening tests when deciding whether to begin getting mammograms at age 40.

For over 15 years, the Cancer Support Home’s Comprehensive Breast Health Program has been a champion for early detection of breast cancer by helping thousands of women and men overcome the excuses often given for neglecting breast health. Specifically, the program addresses financial, language and cultural barriers by providing free breast cancer screenings, financial assistance with diagnostic procedures and strategic breast health education.

This program is made available by Washington Regional Cancer Support Home through generous financial support from Susan G. Komen Ozark, Arkansas Cancer Coalition and other partners.