Partnership to provide free mammograms

One in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but only 55 percent of Pennsylvania women receive annual mammograms as recommended over age 40. To help address one of the reasons why some women do not schedule annual mammograms -- the lack of insurance or ability to pay -- Penn State Hershey Breast Center and Weis Markets have announced a new partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program to provide mammograms to women in need.

The Weis Markets Mammography Voucher Program will provide vouchers for free mammograms to uninsured or underinsured women in central Pennsylvania. The vouchers will be made available through the HealthyWoman Program, a Department of Health initiative that provides free breast and cervical cancer screening to women with low to moderate income.

The Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program offers mammograms and Pap tests, preventive care and treatment to women with low to moderate income. Women between the ages of 40 and 64 and who have limited or no health insurance may be eligible.

“This partnership with Weis Markets and the HealthyWoman Program means we can help remove one of the barriers to women scheduling a potentially lifesaving screening mammogram,” said Susann Schetter, D.O., division chief of breast imaging, Penn State Hershey Breast Center. “Because we know that early detection is the key to better outcomes for women diagnosed with breast cancer, we’re proud to be able to offer this service to those at risk of not getting mammograms in our community.”

“We are extremely pleased to be supporting a long-term program that offers prospect of detecting early cancers and benefits women with little or no insurance,” said Dennis Curtin, Weis Markets’ Director of Public Relations. “We hope our partnership with Penn State Hershey Breast Center results in improved access throughout Central Pennsylvania to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program.”

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Last Updated October 13, 2011