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City Public Hospitals and American Cancer Society Urge Women Over 40 to Get a Mammogram

In Recognition of Mother's Day, Public Hospitals Will Host Mammogram Awareness & Education Events in May

May 03, 2010

New York, NY

There has been much debate recently about how often women should get a mammogram, but the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and the American Cancer Society are joining forces this Mother’s Day to urge women over 40 to have a mammogram every year.
As part of HHC’s annual May mammogram awareness effort, the city’s public hospitals and the American Cancer Society are educating women about breast cancer and the importance of this cancer screening procedure. Throughout the month of May, HHC facilities will host special public education events to raise awareness about breast cancer screening and early detection. Women without health insurance can get a mammogram all year-round at any HHC hospital at little or no cost based on family size and income.
“Mammograms are the most important tool for early detection of breast cancer, and HHC hospitals and health centers are committed to promoting and providing this potentially lifesaving screening procedure at little or no cost,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles.
One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. A mammogram is the best method of detecting breast cancer at an early stage and improving rates of survival.
“We know that in the fight against breast cancer, early detection saves lives. But not everyone has adequate access to vital cancer screening services, especially in these challenging economic times,” said Heather Anderson, American Cancer Society Director of Health Systems Initiatives. “The ability to offer low- or no-cost mammograms and education to uninsured women during the May screening events will directly provide access to quality services that are needed and deserved in the fight against cancer.”
HHC will also partner with Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital to provide breast cancer screenings to low-income women without insurance on Staten Island.
“There has been much debate about how often a woman should get a mammogram. But there is little debate that the people in her life will be glad she did,” Aviles said. “Early detection saves lives.”
Individuals can call 311, visit the HHC’s website, www.nychhc.org/hhc, or call the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 for a complete list of facilities that offer mammograms and other helpful health information this May.

May 2010 Mammogram Events at HHC Facilities


May 1, 7, 10, 15 Kings County Hospital Center
451 Clarkson Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11203
May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18,
20, 25, 27
East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center
2094 Pitkin Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11207
May 7th 10am-3pm Coney Island Hospital
2501 Ocean Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11205
May 10th 11am-12pm Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center
100 North Portland Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11205
May 17th 12pm-1pm,
May 24th 12pm-1pm
Woodhull Hospital
760 Broadway,
New York, NY 11206

May 2010 Mammogram Events at HHC Facilities


May 8th 8am-4pm,
May 11th 3pm-7pm,
May 13th 5pm-7pm,
May 15th 8am-4pm,
May 18th 3pm-7pm
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
234 149th Street,
Bronx, NY 10451

May 2010 Mammogram Events at HHC Facilities


May 1st 8am-2pm,
May 8th 8am-2pm,
May 15th 8am-2pm,
May 22nd 8am-2pm,
May 29th 8am-2pm
Harlem Hospital Center
506 Lenox Avenue,
New York, NY 10037
May 5, 12, 19, 26 Bellevue Hospital Center
462 First Avenue,
New York, NY 10016
May 4, 13, 15, 22 Metropolitan Hospital Center
1901 First Avenue,
New York, NY 10029
May 10, 12, 13 Gouverneur Healthcare Services
227 Madison Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 238-7997
(212) 238-7510


May 19th 1:30-2:30pm Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street,
Jamaica, NY 11432

Staten Island

Mammograms are available to women on Staten Island at two local non-HHC hospitals in the borough, thanks to HHC’s collaboration with the Cancer Services Program of Staten Island.

Entire month of May Richmond University Hospital
355 Brad Avenue,
Staten Island, NY
Entire month of May Staten Island University Hospital
256 Mason Avenue, Bldg. B
Staten Island, NY

Women with health insurance are welcome to get breast cancer screening as well. Their insurer will be billed and they will be responsible for required co-payments.

Contact : Ian Michaels (HHC) (212) 788-3339

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be night, at cancer.org.

About HHC

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system with its own 420,000 member health plan, MetroPlusHealth, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country. HHC serves 1.4 million New Yorkers every year and more than 475,000 are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 70 community based clinics. HHC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. HHC was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. For more information, visit www.nychhc.org/hhc or find us on facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or twitter.com/NYCHealthSystem.