Screenings go a long way toward cancer prevention. That’s why during
October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – medical experts remind women
to schedule their mammograms as well as other cancer screenings.
Long Islanders lacking insurance, take note: LIJ Medical Center
is offering free, state-of-the-art 3-D mammograms for women ages 50-64,
who are uninsured or underinsured and have not received a mammogram in
at least a year.
Creating a clearer picture than standard mammograms, 3D screenings
“look at each layer of breast tissue one at a time, which can help
reduce false alarms that can come from overlapping tissues,” according
to a statement put out by LIJ.
“Early detection is one of the main ways we save lives,” said Kaitlin
Doyle, MSPH, Women’s Health Coordinator at LIJ Medical Center, in a
“Regular screenings allow us to identify symptoms early, and patients
achieve a better clinical result if treatment can begin sooner,” she
added. “These screenings also ease women’s minds to know what their
health status is and know there is treatment available if needed
regardless of insurance or citizenship status.”
Studies reveal that women without health insurance are less apt to
get screened for cancer and face a greater risk being diagnosed with an
advanced stage of the disease, according to LIJ. The hospital also notes
that all women with an average risk for breast cancer are encouraged to
begin getting a mammogram at age 40.
Mammograms are conducted after a clinical breast exam is performed at
the Ambulatory Care Unit at LIJ Medical Center, at 270-05 76th Avenue,
first floor, Research Building, in New Hyde Park. The mammograms are
provided at the Schlanger, Gottlieb, Partners Council Breast Imaging
Center at North Shore-LIJ’s Center for Advanced Medicine at 450
Lakeville Road in Lake Success, across from the main entrance to LIJ
The screenings are offered Monday-Saturday, by
Clinicians at LIJ Medical Center also offer pelvic exams, pap smears and colon cancer screenings.
Those needing treatment may contact North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute,
a provider of robotic-aided assistance for minimally invasive surgeries
and investigational medications, therapies and treatments.
For an appointment for a free cancer screening, call the
LIJ Ambulatory Care Unit at 718-470-4165. Accessible by public
transportation, the hospital also offers parking in its visitor’s