NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Mammograms are a health option poor women in rural areas often don't receive.
The nonprofit organization, The Rose, has found bringing the early detection opportunity to the women and paying for it increases the chances of early breast cancer detection.
The Rose brought its mammogram equipment to the East Texas Community Health Center.
The free mammograms were given to 26 qualified applicants.
A state provided grant is serving over 30 East Texas counties.
"We are able to help the uninsured with the screening; then if there is a need for diagnostic testing, the grant covers that as well. With The Rose we just don't stop at the screening and diagnostic," said Jessica Knight, the program manager for The Rose's Rural Outreach program. "We're able to assist them with the biopsy if that is needed and also navigate them to treatment if they're unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer."
Uninsured women can apply for the free mammograms. For more information, call the East Texas Community Health Center at (936) 560-5668 or visit the The Rose's website. The organization's main phone number is (936) 240-4208.
Knight can be reached at jknight@TheRose.org.