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Hospital Offers Free Mammograms During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(October 2, 2014) October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Nantucket Cottage Hospital is once again offering free mammography screenings for uninsured Nantucket women over the age of 40. 

Availability is limited and appointments are required – call 508-825-8250. Note – if you have insurance, annual breast cancer screenings for women over 40 are covered under the Affordable Care Act.

Roughly one in eight women in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives, making it the second most common type of cancer in women. 

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, when breast cancer is detected early at a localized stage, the survival rate is 98 percent. Women are advised to perform monthly breast self-exams, and depending upon their age, schedule regular clinical breast exams and mammograms. 

Learn more about breast cancer here.