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Oregon Coalition Offers Free Mammograms to African-American Women

Monday October 6, 2008
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The African American Health Coalition and the Portland, Ore., chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation have partnered on an initiative to improve breast cancer screening rates among city residents, the Portland Oregonian reports.

The program seeks to have 100 African-American women in Portland undergo a free mammogram screening within one year. To achieve this goal, program officials are reaching out to the African-American community to educate individuals about the importance of early cancer detection.

The program also helps women without health insurance obtain a free mammogram through the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, which will provide care at no cost should the screening result in a cancer diagnosis.