Broward Health offers free breast cancer screening

Program benefits uninsured, underinsured women

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - According to the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, African American women are most likely to die from breast cancer.

In addition, recent research indicates that aggressive breast tumors are more common in younger African American and Hispanic women living in low socioeconomic areas.

Broward Health recently received an $80,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen foundation in South Florida to help provide early breast cancer detection and treatment  for women who are uninsured, under-insured or under-served in the community.

"Women in our community who would otherwise decide to not be examined due to lack of insurance or other cultural or financial barriers can come to us and receive breast screening and breast health services that may save their lives," said Pia Delvaille, manager and nurse practitioner with Broward Health.

Last years grant helped nearly 130,000 women in South Florida receive breast cancer screenings and treatment. 

The funds also provided just over 5,180 mammograms and helped detect 170 cases of breast cancer in the tri-county area.

"We are incredibly thankful for their contributions.  Early detection saves the lives of thousands of women each year," said Heather Miller, director of cancer services for Broward Health Medical Center.

The program is open to women between the ages of 30-64 who qualify financially.

For more information call: 954-346-5362 or 954-355-5525.

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