Are there any programs that provide free mammograms?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 23, 2011
A fellow caregiver asked...

How can I receive a free mammogram? I had a mammogram 5 years ago that showed suspicious lumps. It was requested that I continue to get tested every 6 months. However, I don't have any money and and I can't receive Medicaid. I am 46 years old.

Expert Answers

Linda Ackerman, R.N. has clinical experience in oncology, women's health, and medical nursing. She has been practicing for more than 20 years and is a licensed registered nurse in both Florida and Wisconsin. In addition, she serves as a board member of Breast Cancer Recovery and the Wisconsin Cancer Council.

Yes, There are a number of resources available to access free mammograms.

*The American Cancer Society. Go to, find the blue box on the upper right ("Find ACS in Your Community"), enter your zip code, and you will be directed to your local ACS office. They can tell you what resources are available in your area.


*The United States Government's National Cancer Institute can direct you to a local resource for free mammograms.

800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).

*Susan G. Komen for the Cure provides information on free or low-cost mammograms and other sources of financial assistance.

800-IM-AWARE (800-462-9273).

*Breast Cancer Network of Strength offers peer support, educational programs, local resources, and advocacy initiatives in selected areas across the country.


The American Breast Cancer Foundation's Key to Life Breast Cancer Screening Assistance Program provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured women and men of all ages for breast cancer testing. 877-Key-2-Life (877-539-2543).

Also, try calling your local hospital. Ask to speak to a social worker. He or she will be the one who'll know about the availability of free or low-cost cancer screening in your community.

Whatever you do, keep trying.