Free breast screenings for Spanish-speaking women Monday in Tuscaloosa

(Source: Terri Brewer/WBRC)
(Source: Terri Brewer/WBRC)

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center at DCH Regional Medical Center will host a free breast screening event for the Latina community on 
Monday, October 26 from 5 - 7 p.m. The screening is for women with little or no insurance and translators will be on hand.

Women will learn how to do a breast self-examination, and receive a clinical breast exam and a free mammogram. Women may pre-register, but it is not required.

Manderson Cancer Center Patient Navigator Katrina Lewis says organizers want to make sure they reach Spanish-speaking women in West Alabama.
"It's incredibly important that we see all women in the community 40 and over," Lewis said.

"We actually have translators coming in, so we have people here to help with the language barrier. We also have posters that are printed up in Spanish, and we have those posted out in various parts of the community, especially near churches, and just throughout the whole community."

Lewis said all information is confidential, and women should not worry that their personal information will be shared. She also said women will need to give only basic information, like their name, contact information and health history.

These same screenings are also available year round through DCH, for women who qualify.

More information is available by calling (205) 343-8493 or by going to www.dchsystem.com.  Funding for the screenings is provided by The DCH Foundation, The DCH Breast Cancer Fund and the Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program of Alabama.

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