Mammogram program for uninsured Galveston residents

Women with limited financial and transportation resources may have difficulty getting to scheduled mammography screening appointments, so the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and The Ruth Kempner Endowment for Breast Cancer Screening have joined forces to take UTMB’s mobile mammography van to a place where many women already gather: church.

Free screening mammograms will be available for uninsured Galveston County residents at three different dates and locations during October and November. Women who would like to participate must pre-register.

Sunday, Oct. 28, Texas City, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, 1604 Ninth Ave. North, Texas City. 409-948-8448. Bilingual medical professionals available (English and Spanish). 

Sunday, Nov. 11, Hitchcock, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Greater St. Matthew’s Baptist Church, 6333 Highway 6, Hitchcock. 409-986-5453.

Sunday, Nov. 18, Galveston, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 3602 Sealy Ave., Galveston. 409-762-0088.

Women need not be members of any of these church congregations in order to apply for the free mobile screening mammogram program. However, they must pre-register in order to participate.

Preregistration application packets may be picked up after Sunday church services or anytime during the week when church offices are open. Packets may also be obtained from the UTMB Breast Imaging Department. Call UTMB’s Ida Hernandez at 832-505-1721 for application information. 

Women who would like to participate in the free mammogram program must be legal residents of Galveston County; have no Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance; and must not have a lump in either breast or a history of breast cancer diagnosed in the last five years or have any other breast problems. In addition, patients should not be pregnant or breastfeeding and should not have received a screening mammogram in the past 12 months. Patients must be over 40. However, patients as young as 30 may qualify if their mother or sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

For complete information about UTMB’s breast health services, go to http://www.utmbhealth.com/oth/Page.asp?PageID=OTH000826