breast-cancer-ribbon_web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE —Continuing efforts to promote early detection of breast cancer, Broward Health is offering free mammograms and other breast health services for uninsured, underinsured or underserved women in the community who face cultural or financial barriers to obtaining care.

The services are made possible through funding from area organizations including the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Miami/Fort Lauderdale Affiliate, Glam-A-THON and the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. To learn more call 954-759-7500.

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

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

“Women in our community who would otherwise decide not to 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 of the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center at Broward Health Medical Center.

Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC), the flagship facility of the Broward Health system, offers a complete range of services for women including imaging, biopsy, education, support groups, rehabilitation and more.

Broward Health recently received a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate in the amount of $80,000 to facilitate early breast cancer detection and treatment.

This marks the seventh year that Broward Health and Komen have been working together.

To date, over 1,500 mammograms and other breast health services have been funded by the donations.

Glam-A-THON is a multi-event extravaganza highlighted by the Annual Glam Doll Strut. Glam-A-THON proceeds are donated to the Broward Health Foundation and are used to provide funding for women battling breast cancer, including mammograms, diagnostic testing and special assistance.

To learn more about receiving breast health services at BHMC through the Komen for the Cure grant and other funds.

To schedule an appointment, call 954-759-7500