Pinellas County, Florida -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many facilities in Pinellas County are offering free mammograms to encourage women to get screened.
The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and Mammography Voucher Program at the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas offers these screenings all year at no cost to eligible low-income women who are uninsured and between 40 and 64 years old.
If a problem is found during one of these screenings, women can get further testing at no cost and receive treatment if they're diagnosed with breast cancer.
The county says if a reduced-rate mammogram detects an issue in a woman who is uninsured, there may not be low-cost alternatives for further testing or treatment.
DOH-Pinellas provides initial appointments at several locations throughout the county. To see if you qualify, call the number that corresponds with your age: If 40 to 49 years old, call (727) 820-4117; women 50 to 64 years old should call (727) 824-6917.
For information online, go to www.PinellasHealth.com and click on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program link.
Florida Hospital Carrollwood is also offering free mammograms to women who've never had one. To qualify, register online at www.jointhepinkarmy.com. The free mammograms are available now through Nov. 30, 2013.
If you've had a mammogram in the past, the hospital is offering one for $76 cash only. To qualify for the discounted price, you must also sign up at the website and schedule the mammogram before Nov. 30. You must have the mammogram done by Dec. 31, 2014.