Find Low-Cost or Free Mammograms

Don't Skip Your Annual Mammogram When Free Mammograms Are Available

Mammograms can be expensive. The average cost of a mammogram is $100 but may range from $75 to $250. Luckily, there are options available for those who are uninsured and unable to afford mammograms.

Are you looking for a free mammogram?   If your income is low, or you are uninsured, you may be able to get a low-cost or free mammogram.  Women who are 40 years old and over should not skip having their annual mammogram – it's still the best way to screen for breast lumps and abnormalities. Thus, annual mammograms are extremely important. Mammograms can help detect 85 to 90% of all breast cancers, even before you can feel a lump – that's the point at which cancer is most treatable. 

Here are several resources for low-cost or free mammograms

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a program to provide low-income, uninsured, and underserved women with access to screening and diagnostic services for timely breast and cervical cancer

This program is funded for all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, the 5 U.S. territories, and 12 American Indian/Alaska Native tribal organizations. You can get these clinical breast exams and mammogram screenings through your state's Medicaid benefits.  Pelvic exams and PAP smears are also available through this program.

Find FDA-Certified Mammography Facilities

Free mammograms and discounted mammograms must be done with the same quality and care as full-price breast screening.  Just because the service is free does not mean that the quality should be low.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does annual inspections at clinics that do mammography.  They check up on the machines and all the staff that are associated with their mammography program.  You can easily search for FDA-approved mammography by zip code, state, city, and name of the facility.  Once you find the facility closest to you, call and ask about low-cost and free mammograms. More »

Get Your Mammogram Done During BCAM

One way to remember Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to go for a free or low-cost mammogram at a facility that has special rates during the month of October. Look around for these breast-screening deals during the week of National Mammography Day or any day of October. Try these places:

Planned Parenthood Clinics

YWCA Encore Plus Programs

Check Out Your Local Support Organizations

Several national cancer support organizations offer financial assistance for mammograms, or even offer access to free mammograms. If Medicare does not yet cover you, or you have a low income, or you're uninsured, check with these organizations for help. Do not skip your mammogram because of a lack of money or health insurance. 

Susan G. Komen Foundation Affiliates

American Cancer Society

Breast Cancer Network of Strength

American Breast Cancer Foundation

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