Free Mammograms Offered Around North Country

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Story Updated: May 16, 2013

It's more lifesaver than machine - helping spot breast cancer in women.

"It's very important; one in eight women will have breast cancer. It's a fact that we know and so we try to encourage every women to have a screening," said Monique Skelly, River Hospital mammographer.

But because of insurance issues, not everyone can get afford to get screened.

So that's where that annual "Love Yourself" program comes in - an annual event sponsored by the Cancer Services Program.

Hospitals in the north country offered free breast cancer screening for women who qualify.

"It's not a complicated program. You make some phone calls. I think Cancer Services was big involved in it. And just reach out and let somebody know that we need to get your mammogram and we'll do what we can to help you," said Skelly.

It was a message being heard loud and clear.

"I'm grateful for the services that allow me to have this test done today, so that I can be sure. I'd like to stay around a few more years," said Wendy Vanglia, who received a mammogram.

It's programs like this that help women stick around and proof for officials that cancer awareness fundraisers work.

"Every little bit counts. Whatever it could be, whether it's purchasing a pink ribbon here or doing a walk here, it all seems to get funneled back into the community, which is a good thing and this is one of these programs," said Skelly.

If you're looking for more information on one of the programs, you can reach the Cancer Services Program at 376-5453.

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