Mammography screenings save lives

Mammography screenings save lives
(mammovan2) NuHealth’s mobile medical van brings convenient mammographies to communities across Nassau County. (Photo courtesy of Delia DeRiggi-Whitton)

While October is when many think about breast cancer screenings, of course, any time of the year is right to have a potentially life-saving mammogram.

County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D–Glen Cove) regularly sponsors free mammogram events, which are free to women 40 and older who do not have insurance. She recently sponsored free mammography events at the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and the Port Washington Adult Activities Center.

“I cannot stress enough how important annual mammograms are,” DeRiggi-Whitton said. “No matter how busy our lives are, these exams are easy and fast. We hope more people consider taking advantage of these convenient mammo vans in the future.”

Mammograms are provided by trained Nassau University Medical Center staff and are done in the NUMC “mammo van,” which is a fully equipped screening facility with highly qualified staff. Plus, having the mammography van come to local communities offers convenience.

Some people who were tested noted how appreciative they were of the convenience of a mobile location since they could not be tested during the height of COVID-19. Founded in 1985, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was created to increase awareness of the disease and educate people about the importance of early screening. Over the decades, many countries around the world joined the U.S. in promoting the importance of early detection through mammograms during the month of October.

For information on free mammographies and other health events sponsored by Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton, contact her office at 516-571-6211 or [email protected].


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