Bassett's Mobile Mammography Coach stops into Rome

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Story Updated: Dec 14, 2009

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - If you are one of the millions of Americans living without health insurance, preventative medicine like cancer screenings can seem unaffordable.

But if you live in Oneida-Herkimer and Madison counties, there is help available.

The Mobile Mammography Coach run by Bassett Healthcare offers breast cancer screenings and clinical breast exams for any woman that is under or uninsured. The coach serves 9 counties, traveling every day to a different location around the state.

"There are a lot of people in rural areas," says Wendy Hunt of the Cancer Services Program Partnership. "Hopefully with the mobile unit, we can get more people to take advantage of the services."

Many of the free mammograms are funded through the cancer services program of Oneida-Herkimer and Madison counties. The program is a state grant that provides cancer screening services to any under insured or uninsured women and men between the ages of 40-64.

Hunt says there are hundreds of thousands of dollars available for screenings and the state grant runs out in 4 months.

Hunt says anyone who is need of a screening should take advantage.

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