Free mammograms available for uninsured women

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The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force launched its Beyond October! initiative, which is providing over 1,000 free mammograms to uninsured women.

The initiative emphasizes the importance of mammograms beyond October’s breast cancer awareness month and helps to lessen waitlists in the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer program.

Annual mammograms are key for early detection of breast cancer, which significantly increases the chances of successful treatment and survival.

“African-American women, particularly, should be taking advantage of this program since even though African-American women in Chicago get breast cancer less often than white women, they die from breast cancer more often,” Dr. Anne Marie Murphy, the Task Force’s executive director, said in a statement.

Starting in October and until the free mammograms are depleted, the Task Force will be registering uninsured women 40 and older.

To sign up for a free mammogram uninsured women can: call 312-942-0346 or register online at

Hospitals donating free mammograms include:

Rush University Medical Center

University of Chicago

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center

Loretto Hospital

Loyola University Medical Center

Roseland Hospital

Advocate South Suburban

Rush Oak Park Hospital

Advocate Christ Medical Center

Alexian Brothers Medical Center

St. Alexius

Advocate Good Samaritan

Mount Sinai Hospital through the Helping Her Live Program

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