Mather Hospital’s Fortunato Breast Health Center has partnered with the Suffolk Cancer Services Program to provide free breast cancer screenings to individuals who qualify.

The Cancer Services Program (CSP) provides breast cancer screenings to women age 40 and older without health insurance in Suffolk. If any follow-up testing is needed, the CSP will provide those tests too. If cancer is found, CSP will help enroll people who are eligible in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program for full Medicaid coverage during treatment. Patients can find out if they are eligible for free screenings by calling (631) 476-2771.

The Fortunato Breast Health Center at Mather Hospital uses state-of-the-art breast imaging technology in a warm and assuring environment with a commitment to giving you personalized breast healthcare.  Our staff of professionals provides 3D mammograms and offers individualized follow-up care, education for patients, families and the community, as well as breast cancer support groups.

The American Cancer Society reports that the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer in her life is about one in eight. That is why increased awareness, education and early detection are important parts of breast healthcare.

A mammogram can reveal a tumor as much as two years before you or your healthcare professional can feel it. That’s why it’s important to schedule your mammogram. Following the American College of Radiology (ACR) guidelines, the Fortunato Breast Health Center recommends that you get annual mammography screening starting at age 40. In some higher risk situations, earlier screening or additional testing may be recommended.