Screening Mammogram Funds Available at Health Center
February 10, 2015
Have you or someone you know, been diagnosed with breast cancer? Are you aware of the importance of early detection with breast cancer, which can increase a person’s survival rate?
Valley Professionals Community Health Center (VPCHC) has received funding through the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust to provide screening mammograms for women who are uninsured. If you are over 40 years old and are in need of a screening mammogram, call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our medical providers to get a clinical breast exam and to obtain a voucher for a free mammogram at Union Hospital Clinton. Patients must qualify through the health center’s eligibility intake form.
Patients will be financially responsible for the medical provider visit. VPCHC offers an income based sliding fee scale for the underinsured and uninsured. Funding for the mammograms is made possible by a grant from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. through sales of the Indiana Breast Cancer license plate. The mission of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. (IBCAT) is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening and diagnosis throughout Indiana. Since the breast cancer awareness license plate was first made available in 2002, over $2.5 million has been distributed by IBCAT through competitively awarded grants to organizations throughout the state for innovative projects for screening mammography services not otherwise available to medically underserved populations in Indiana. Indiana residents may purchase an Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness license plate by visiting their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch or the BMV website.
According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (komen.org), in 2014, it is estimated that 232,670 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women. VPCHC would like to remind everyone how important early detection is with breast cancer. When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98%, according to the National Breast Cancer Association. Through monthly breast exams and yearly mammogram screenings, cancer can be found in its early and most curable stage. All women over 40 should receive a screening mammogram and a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) yearly, by a medical provider.
Contact VPCHC to schedule a clinical breast exam and obtain a free mammogram voucher, for qualifying patients. Call any VPCHC office at: Clinton (765) 828-1003, Cayuga (765) 492-9042, or Bloomingdale at (765) 498-9000.
VPCHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) dedicated to providing comprehensive primary health care and related services for ALL individuals and families. VPCHC provides primary and preventive health care services, along with behavioral health services. VPCHC accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance.