December 11, 2009

Free or Low-Cost Women’s Health Screenings Offered Dec. 16, 17 Thanks to UAMS Witness Project

LITTLE ROCK – Free or low-cost mammograms are available Dec. 16-17 to St. Francis and Lee County women 40 and older who qualify through The Witness Project, a community-based cancer education program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Public Health.

Women who want to receive the screenings should call (800) 275-1183 to see if they qualify through the BreastCare program, Medicare or Medicaid. Preregistration is required.

The St. Bernards Healthcare mobile mammography unit will be at:

• East Arkansas Enterprise, 1000 Airport Rd., in Forrest City, from 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m. on Dec. 16
• Lee County Cooperative Clinic, 530 Atkins Blvd. in Marianna, from 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m. on Dec. 17

The Witness Project promotes cancer awareness among African-American women and medically underserved women. African-American women who are breast or cervical cancer survivors serve as role models and “witness” at churches and civic groups about their triumphs over cancer. Through this program, more women – particularly in the rural parts of Arkansas – are becoming better informed about early detection in the fight against breast and cervical cancer.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a new 540,000-square-foot hospital, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.