Did you know that cancer is an expensive illness? Yuppers. Trust me, I know first hand. Once I was diagnosed, not only did I have to worry about my health, but I also had to worry how to pay for the costs associated with my surgery, treatment, medications, co-pays and more. Ugh! Although I have insurance, (and had it at the time of my diagnosis and treatment) I didn’t read the fine lines in my coverage. Boy, oh boy, was I in for a surprise. Having breast cancer for me was a full-time job and costly. If you have insurance, please make sure you read your policy thoroughly.
Thankfully, there are generous people and organizations whose mission is to make the journey a little easier and take the burden off the wallet with FREE wigs, hats, make-up, house cleaning, transportation and so much more. Wow, talk about a shining moment!
During my journey in the Pink Bubble, I found a few freebies that I just have to share with you. Let’s talk mammograms, shall we?!?!
Having no insurance is no excuse not to get a yearly mammogram if you are over 40 years old. Did you know many hospitals, local health departments, clinics and organizations offer them for FREE or at a reduced cost?!
To find out how to get a low-cost or FREE mammogram in your area contact:
- The American Cancer Society: Call 1-800-ACS-2345. Go to the site and enter your zip code into the blue box that says “Find resources in your area.”
- The National Cancer Institute: You can get live online assistance, or call 800-4-CANCER and a representative will help you find local resources.
- The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program: Part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured and under-insured women. Go to the section titled “Find a screening provider.”
Good to Know
- Receive a FREE e-mail or text message when it’s time for your annual mammogram from the College of American Pathologists. Register. It could save your life.