To help Erie County women without health insurance obtain necessary breast care services, TLC Health Network and the Erie County Cancer Services program are sponsoring a Free Breast Cancer Screening on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center, 34 Commercial St. The event, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will include free clinical breast exams, mammograms and health information for participants. Registration is currently underway.
The Free Breast Cancer Screening is open to all women, age 40 or older, who do not have health insurance and have not had a mammogram in the past year. Through the Erie County Cancer Services Program, eligible participants may also qualify for free follow-up testing and treatment, if needed.
"We are so proud to be long-time partners with the Cancer Services program and to be able to offer these invaluable screenings to women of our community free of charge. Both breast and cervical cancer are very treatable if detected early," said Lauralee Sprague, nurse practitioner at the Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center. "Everyone has the right to access high quality health care regardless of their financial situation or insurance status. This is one way we can improve access to those services."
In addition, on Friday, Aug. 22, individuals who qualify can also obtain free pap/pelvic screenings.
To determine eligibility for the Aug. 20 Free Breast Cancer Screening, Erie County residents are asked to call 716-858-7376.
"We want to help area women continue their journey toward better health," said Dr. Gale R. Burstein, Erie County commissioner of health. "An annual mammogram is still one of the best ways to detect breast cancer early, when complete recovery is possible. A lack of health insurance should not prevent women from getting this vital care."
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women ages 40-55. According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
Recently, TLC Health Network officials announ-ced the addition of new modern diagnostic imaging services at the recently expanded Gowanda medical center. Scott Butler, divisional director of Business Development for TLC Health Network said, services such as mammography are now offered in Gowanda as part of the organization's continuing commitment to provide much-needed, high-quality services to the community. Full-field mammography testing is offered with equipment from Hologic, Inc. All studies are read by board-certified radiologists.
About Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center
Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center is part of TLC Health Network, providing quality health care services to families across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, southern Erie County and surrounding communities.
About Erie County Department of Health
The Erie County Department of Health promotes and protects the health, safety, and well-being of Erie County residents through active prevention, education, enforcement, advocacy and partnerships.
The ECDOH provides leadership and expertise to the community in the promotion and improvement of the public's health. Through the work of its professional and knowledgeable staff, it is responsive to public health issues and challenges facing over 900,000 residents throughout the county, including the city of Buffalo.