UTMB offers ‘Sunday Screenings’
Mammogram program for uninsured Galveston residents
GALVESTON — Women with limited financial and transportation resources may have difficulty getting to scheduled mammography screening appointments, so the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and The Ruth Kempner Endowment for Breast Cancer Screening have partnered to take UTMB’s mobile mammography van to a place where many women already gather: church.
Free screening mammograms for uninsured women in Galveston County will be provided from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at Greater St. Matthew’s Baptist Church, 6333 Highway 6, in Hitchcock. Screenings will also be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 3602 Sealy Ave., in Galveston.
A breast exam will be performed by a UTMB health practitioner on the day of each program.
Women need not be members of either church congregation in order to apply for the free mobile screening mammogram program. However, patients must pre-register by Sunday, Oct. 16 in order to participate.
Application packets may be picked up after church services on Sunday, Oct. 9 and 16, or anytime during the week when the church offices are open. For more information, call Greater St. Matthew’s Baptist Church at 409-986-5453 or Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church at 409-762-0088.
Women who would like to participate in the free mammogram program must be a legal resident of Galveston County, have no Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance, and must not have a lump in either breast or a history of breast cancer diagnosed in the last five years or have any other breast problems. In addition, patients should not be pregnant or breastfeeding and should not have received a screening mammogram in the last 12 months. Patients must be over age 40. However, a patient as young as 30 may qualify, provided her mother or sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. For complete information about the free mammogram program, call 409-747-4674.