Local breast cancer resources & awareness events
Radiology Regional Center's Mobile Mammo Coach rolls into Port Charlotte on Oct. 10. Digital screening mammograms are offered for women who are due for their annual screening.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the coach will be at the Bealls Outlet store at 3280 Tamiami Trial in Port Charlotte.
No prescription is necessary, local and out of state insurance is accepted. Screenings for those without insurance are offered at a discounted rate of $159. Each mammogram will be read by a local board -certified radiologist.
All women having their mammogram will receive a 10 percent discount on any lingerie purchase at the Bealls Outlet store.
Dollars for Mammograms
Dollars for Mammograms is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public foundation established for the purpose of providing no-cost mammograms to area women who are uninsured or underinsured and cannot afford the cost for a mammogram. Call 941-474-2674.
Sarasota County Health Department Patient Resources
The Sarasota County Health Department participates in the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FBCCEDP). Women who are 50-64 years of age, low-income, without health insurance and patients of the health department (Sarasota or North Port locations) are eligible to receive mammograms and follow-up care at no cost.
Women screened through FBCCEDP that are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer are referred to the Florida Medicaid Program for eligibility determination.
If eligible, women can receive assistance with treatment through the Mary Brogan Treatment Act.
If the woman does not qualify for Medicaid, the Rrgional coordinators will assist in locating available resources.
A woman with breast symptoms (lumps, severe pain, discharge, swelling, itching, and/or redness) should call and request an emergency appointment for evaluation. Sarasota Memorial Hospital Breast Health Center may provide additional breast health screenings and follow-up.
For more information, call 941-861-2900.
Health department resources
for Charlotte County women
Women in Charlotte and surrounding counties may be eligible for a service through the Manatee County Health Department.
The program provides mammograms, diagnostics and follow-up to underinsured women under 50 too young to qualify for the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (FBCCP). It also asists with screening and diagnostics for FBCCP-enrolled women (50-64) in the five-county region.
Project participants diagnosed with cancer will be assisted to obtain treatment.
The project serves Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties (women 50 and under); and Collier and Lee counties (women 50-64).
For more information, contact Kathy Beckwith, RN, at 941-748-0747x1406 or email Kathy_beckwith@doh.state.fl.us.
Breast health navigator
Lee Memorial Health System/Regional Cancer provides under/uninsured, low-income individuals diagnosed with breast cancer access to diagnostic and staging procedures, treatment, genetic screening, stipends, psychosocial support, and education.
A breast health navigator works with other organizations and physicians to identify those in need of services and to remove care barriers. The program serves women in Lee, Hendry and Collier counties. For more information, contact Dara Leichter at 239-343-9543 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andes Volunteer Clinic
The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Clinic funds low-income, uninsured women for preventive mammogram screenings and quality diagnostic testing for women with abnormal screening results. Call Suzanne Roberts at 941-766-9570 or email her at SRoberts@volunteercare.org.
Family Health Centers
Provides education and assessment services aimed at early detection of breast cancer in women from low-income, African-American and Hispanic communities. The Healthy Body, Healthy Soul model is used to forge partnerships with community health and faith-based institutions to provide outreach education and assessments. The program serves Lee, Charlotte and Hendry counties. Call The Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida for more information. Contact Ena Mendez at 941-332-0417 ext. 5333 or email@example.com.
The Gaila Fund
The Gaila Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides patients with breast cancer stylish hats at no cost Visit www.gailafund.org for information.
LIGHT of Southwest FL
The goal of LIGHT of Southwest Florida: Uninterrupted Breast Cancer Care is to ensure that the patient has uninterrupted cancer treatment by providing funds to pay high-cost of deductibles, copays, coinsurance and insurance premiums.
Applications are screened for need and reviewed by the Patient Assistance Committee. Approved applicants may then submit their bills to LIGHT for payment, allowing them to continue or begin their treatment. For more information, contact Sandy Zinschlag at 239-288-5125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lymphedema Resources provides unds education, outreach, and treatment for uninsured/underinsured breast cancer survivors at risk of developing lymphedema and those already coping with this affliction.
Financial assistance for physician prescribed lymphedema therapy and compression garments is provided to qualified clients.
The program serves Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. Contact Claire Hauenstein at 239-437-1711 or email@example.com.