If cost is a factor, there are sources in the area that pay for screenings including Cariety, Moncrief and Texas Health Resources. There is also the Breast and Cervical Cancer Service (BCCS) program. This is a program the Centers for Disease Control funds to assist low-income women.
To qualify for the program, a woman must be low income as defined by BCCS policy, uninsured, under age 65, a Texas resident and a U.S. citizen or qualified alien. To find out if you qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test and where to get screened in your area, call 1-512-458-7796. For women over age 65 and some who may be specially qualified, know that screening mammograms are covered once every 12 months
If you are an individual who just does not want to know if you have breast cancer, remember that early detection does save lives. The death rate for breast cancer is greater among low-income, rural women as a whole because they are the ones not getting mammograms.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas are working together to inform Texas women about breast cancer prevention.