Uninsured Galveston County women between 40-64 are eligible to receive free mammograms at local churches

GALVESTON, Texas – In an effort to reach uninsured women in Galveston County, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and The Ruth Kempner Endowment for Breast Cancer Screening are collaborating to provide free screening mammograms in Galveston.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has reported that a significant number of uninsured women in Galveston County do not receive annual screening mammograms. To reach those women, UTMB will be taking the mobile mammography van to churches in Galveston County.

Mammograms will be offered on Sunday, Oct. 18 at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 3602 Sealy St. in Galveston and on Sunday, Nov. 8 at Rising Star Church, N. 302 Oak St. in Texas City from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

“UTMB is pleased to offer breast imaging services for underserved women in our community,” said Dr. Angelica Robinson, associate professor of radiology at UTMB. “Routine screening mammography often provides earlier breast cancer detection and improved survival benefits. Partnerships with various philanthropic organizations, such as the Ruth Kempner Endowment for Breast Cancer Screening allow us to deliver vital resources to women throughout Galveston County.”

Uninsured women do not need to be members of the church congregation in order to receive a free screening mammogram. However, participants will need to pre-register for the program and meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Legal resident of Galveston County
• Between 40-64 years old
• Uninsured
• Participants cannot have mammogram coverage through Medicaid and/or Medicare
• Not pregnant
• Have not received a mammogram in the past 12 months
• No personal history of breast cancer in the past five years
• No current breast pain, breast discharge or palpable breast abnormalities
• Must complete and sign the application and consent forms

Should a patient need any additional diagnostic follow-up, funding is provided by either Susan G. Komen Houston or the Texas Breast and Cervical Cancer Services Program.

The mobile van will only provide free screening mammograms for pre-registered, uninsured women. To enroll, pick up a registration packet from any of the church offices or the UTMB Galveston Breast Imaging Department (2nd floor of the UTMB Health Clinic Building), located at 1005 Harborside Drive in Galveston or the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, located at 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City (2nd floor).

For more information or, if you have any questions about this program, please call 832-505-1721 or visit utmbhealth.com/sundayscreening.

Click here for a photo of Madeleine Goldenschue, a UTMB mammographer, and José Martinez, driver, with the UTMB Mobile Mammogram Van.