Northside Offers Free Mammograms to Underinsured Women in GA

Posted on: April 10, 2015


In 2014, 1,703 underinsured women received breast cancer screening and diagnostic services through the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.  Fifteen breast cancers were detected.

More cases of breast cancer are diagnosed and treated at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute than at any other community hospital in the Southeast.  Early detection of breast cancer saves the lives of thousands of women each year.  However, medically underserved and uninsured women often lack access to care.  With the generous support of two Atlanta organizations, Northside is able to continue to provide funding for screening mammograms and other breast diagnostic procedures such as ultrasounds, biopsies and more for women who cannot afford them.

In March, the Northside received a $179,956 grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate, and $39,954.83 from It’s The Journey, producer of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

“Through generous community support from groups like Komen Atlanta and It’s The Journey, Northside is able to increase the early detection of breast cancer by educating and screening more women,” said Patti Owen, director, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.  “We are grateful to these organizations for their ongoing commitment to our patients.”

This is the 13th year that Northside has received grant money from Komen Atlanta, with funds totaling more than $1,208,467.  The money targets qualified applicants in Metro Atlanta counties (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton and Rockdale).

“These grants give thousands of local Atlanta women access to life-saving breast screenings, mammograms, diagnostic testing, education and treatment support,” said Cati Stone, executive director of Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta.

It’s The Journey has supported Northside for nine years, with grants totaling more than $322,124, and aims at reaching uninsured women in Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin and other outlying counties.

“It is an honor to fund critical breast health organizations’ efforts to bring breast cancer services to women and men in their communities,” said Kimberly Goff, Executive Director of It’s The Journey.  “We are proud that our grants remain focused on local needs and impact the lives of Georgians, from basic clinical exams and breast health education to genetic testing and services helping patients navigate their breast cancer diagnosis.”

Additional Northside Hospital projects that received funding from It’s The Journey include:

  • Northside Hospital Hereditary Cancer Program – to help overcome barriers to genetic screening, counseling and testing for at-risk women.

  • The Northside Hospital / Greater Atlanta Hadassah partnership, Check It Out! – to provide no fee breast health and cancer awareness program aimed at young women in metro Atlanta high schools.

  • Cancer Support Community Atlanta, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute – to provide free psychosocial and educational support to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families and friends.

To learn more about receiving services through the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s breast cancer screenings grants, call 770-667-4400.  Applicants must meet eligibility requirements.  Services are available at select Northside locations, as well as aboard Northside’s ScreenAtlanta mobile-mammography unit.  Interpretation services are available upon request.

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