Sept. 4, 2015 By Michael Florio
Local women will have the opportunity to undergo a free breast cancer examination next Thursday in East Elmhurst.
The American Italian Cancer Foundation mobile care clinic will be offering free screenings on September 10 at the Modell’s and Petco shopping center, located at 75-35 31st Ave.
Assembly Michael DenDekker and Congressman Joe Crowley teamed up to bring the mobile clinic to the neighborhood.
The free exams will be available from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
The mobile care clinic will offer no-cost digital mammograms and clinical breasts exams.
To be eligible women must be over 40 years old and have health insurance. Women over 50 with no health insurance are also eligible to attend.
The women must be New York City residents and have had no mammograms in the past year.
No co-pays will be required and deductibles will be waved, meaning there will be no charge for those who attend, according to DenDekker’s office.
“This van will provide…breast exams to women who need them, and help keep our community healthy and informed,” DenDekker said. “Too many women do not have access to breast cancer screenings, which are an important part of women’s healthcare.”
The two elected officials decided to host the event to help women who may not have the financial ability to undergo an examination.
“Sadly, breast cancer remains one of the most common forms of cancer among American women,” Crowley said. “We need to do all we can to continue to help raise awareness and provide the resources necessary to fight this disease.”
Women are able to make appointments by calling DenDekker’s office at 718-457-0384. Walk-ins will also be accepted on the day.
More than two dozen women have already made an appointments, according to DenDekker’s office. The assemblyman expects a large turnout.