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Columbia, MO - Free Mammograms Offered

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Ellis Fischel Cancer Center's Cancer Screening Services is providing free breast cancer screenings through March 31 to women with limited financial resources. The free screenings are offered through a grant from the mid-Missouri affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

To be eligible, women must be between the ages of 40 and 64 and live in Adair, Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Macon, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan or Randolph counties. Women may not have Medicare, Medicaid or health insurance that covers annual mammograms, and they must demonstrate limited financial resources. Women younger than age 40 who are at high risk for breast cancer are eligible for a free mammogram with a physician's order.

"We recognize that during the difficult economic climate, some women may defer receiving their annual mammograms," said Debra Deeken, RN, manager of Ellis Fischel's breast health cancer screening services. "With this grant, we want to ensure that women with limited financial resources or those who lack health insurance in mid-Missouri have the opportunity to receive a free breast cancer screening."

Cancer screenings are available at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia, MO, or women may be seen on Ellis Fischel's mobile mammography van.

The 44-foot long van is a clinic on wheels that features an examination room and a mammography suite. A certified radiology technologist and nurse examiners travel to communities throughout mid-Missouri offering cancer screening services.

"Last year our mobile mammography van traveled to 25 counties and 45 different locations throughout Missouri," said Deeken. "This program is one way Ellis Fischel is fulfilling our mission as Missouri's official state cancer center, by delivering cancer screening services to rural communities."

Specialists at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center's Cancer Screening Services performed approximately 11,750 mammograms in 2008.

To schedule an appointment at Ellis Fischel's Cancer Screening Services clinic in Columbia, call 573-882-8511. To view the upcoming schedule for Ellis Fischel's mobile mammography van, visit http://www.ellisfischel.org/screening/van.shtml.

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