BCH offering free and reduced mammograms
BARSTOW • Barstow Community Hospital is offering free and reduced price mammograms in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
As part of “Woman to Woman: The Mammogram Project” the hospital is offering 30 free mammograms for the first 30 women who apply and meet certain requirements. Applicants must be over the age of 40, must be uninsured and must have no symptoms, according to Jan Morrow, treasurer of the BCH Auxiliary.
For those who don’t meet those requirements, the hospital is offering a $75 reduced rate to women without insurance. Morrow said the price includes hospital and radiologist fees.
BCH is inviting the public to experience their digital mammography services, which provide clearer images and faster results. A screening mammogram can help detect breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages.
“It’s extremely important that women of all ages get checked,” Morrow said. “This is our third year, and I just want to see this program grow. Last year we only did 13 mammograms and four of those women needed further testing. And we paid for that as well.”
Morrow said as of Thursday, there were 10 women that have free mammograms scheduled later this month.
Appointments are on a “first-come, first-served” basis, Morrow said. The mammogram reports will be sent to the patient’s physician. If a patient does not have a physician, one will be provided for the patient.
The hospital is also offering regular weekday appointments and some evening and weekend appointments.
Morrow said some of the funding came from a grant from Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and the Barstow Women’s Club and the G Foundation have contributed funds.
To apply for the free screening or schedule an appointment for a reduced-rate mammogram, call 760-255-4224.