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Chargers Fund Free Mammography for Uninsured Women

Posted Oct 3, 2013

The screening event will take place Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium. To qualify and reserve an appointment call 619-508-8088.

It’s not just pink cleats and jerseys.  The San Diego Chargers are putting their money where their hearts are by providing access to free mammograms for San Diego’s uninsured women. 

Partnering with the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer treatments, services and support, the San Diego Chargers are underwriting the cost to provide San Diego’s uninsured women with access to free mammograms from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 8 at Qualcomm Stadium.  

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a cause that really hits close to home for me,” A.G. Spanos, the Chargers’ executive vice president and chief executive officer said. “My mom is a breast cancer survivor and from her experience I know how vital early detection can be. I encourage women to call and learn if they qualify for a free mammogram because early detection saves lives.”

This event will provide free on-site mobile mammography and clinical breast exams for 70 qualified women 40 and older on Tuesday, October 8th but if additional women need to be served, they will receive a mammogram on a later date. If a woman under 40 needs assistance, she will be directed to another program that is able to provide the help she needs. All participants will also receive a primary medical placement, which is important for following up each year. Additional breast health information will also be available.

“With only 53 percent of women 40 and over reporting getting their annual mammograms, there remains an urgency to reach women with mobile mammography programs to ensure that those with the greatest need are being screened,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, Executive Director at Susan G. Komen in San Diego. “Right now, mammograms are the most effective way to detect breast cancer early, but they only work if women get them.”

What: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Screening Event

Where: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road San Diego, CA 92108 in the North East parking lot

For further information and to inquire about qualifying:  Call 619-508-8088

Time: 9a.m. - 5p.m.

Cost: FREE to qualified women

In the U.S., one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. With $1.4 million at work locally, Komen San Diego continues to be the County’s only breast cancer organization committed to providing services for every step of the breast cancer journey, including providing mammograms and breast screenings to the women of San Diego.

Take the first step today.  For more information on where you can get mammograms, visit www.komensandiego.org.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, San Diego
Since its inception in 1995, Komen San Diego has raised more than $11.9 million to fund local non-profits who provide everything from free diagnostic mammograms and surgeries to meal delivery, child care and temporary financial aid.  Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised in San Diego stays right here in San Diego County to fund free diagnostic mammograms, treatment and services for uninsured and underinsured women and their families. The remaining 25 percent funds international breast cancer research. In fact, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. For more information, please visit www.komensandiego.org

About San Diego County Medical Foundation

San Diego County Medical Society Foundation was formed in 2005 as a separate 501c3 not-for-profit organization by the San Diego County Medical Society, with the mission of addressing unmet San Diego healthcare needs of all patients and physicians through innovation, education, and service. Our programs and services are focused on increasing access to healthcare services, improving health outcomes, and building the future healthcare system.

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