SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE 7:45 p.m. 2/1/22: All available appointments for this event have been filled.
According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.
As a result, two San Antonio area nonprofits are teaming up and hosting a free breast cancer screening and awareness day on Saturday, Feb. 5.
It is the first time the breast cancer screening event is happening on the city’s East Side.
“Especially with the black community, the incidents of breast cancer is higher and usually it’s at a later state. So it’s really important to get those mammograms,” said Jerry Worden, president of the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation.
Although you need an appointment to receive the screening this weekend, The Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation said they will not turn anybody away and can help you if you call them.
“You’re the best person that knows your body. You need to do self-breast exams and if you find anything different in your body or you feel something different in your body, get it checked out. Don’t just ignore it,” Worden said.
Charlotte Davis, the president of the nonprofit Black Nurses Rock San Antonio, said early detection of breast cancer saved her life.
“I know that early detection is the key because where it was located, I could not feel it, it wasn’t palpable. I didn’t have any other signs and symptoms that some have with breast cancer,” Davis said.
The event is being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Antioch Church at 1001 N. Walters St. Uninsured and low-income women ages 40 to 64 are eligible for a free mammogram.
To schedule a screening, click here or you can call 210-358-7020.
Information on Medicaid-managed care for the treatment of breast and cervical cancer and services will also be available.