Free breast cancer screenings coming to southeast Queens

Ozone Park Library will offer breast cancer screenings. (Photo courtesy of Queens Public Library)

There will be free breast cancer screenings in southeast Queens next month, Queens Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato announced.

The first of these events will be held on Oct. 13 at Ozone Park Library, located at 92-24 Rockaway Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The second event will be held on Nov. 10 at Peninsula Public Library, located at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pheffer Amato, who serves in the Assembly’s Legislative Women’s Caucus and Women’s Issues Task Force, is passionate about addressing the issues that women face.

The assemblywoman believes that “getting screened for breast cancer is so important, and can truly save lives.”

“Early detection of this disease can lead to much better outcomes, which is why I’m happy to partner with the American Italian Cancer Foundation to ensure that more women can get screened,” Pheffer Amato said. “I encourage as many women as possible to attend these events to get screened and take control of your health.”

To get a free screening, community members must register beforehand by either calling 718-945-9550 or sending an email to amatos@nyassembly.gov.

The cutoff date for the first of the screenings is on Sept. 22. Those eligible must live in New York City and be between the ages of 40 and 50 with health insurance, and between the ages of 50 and 79 without health insurance. Those who have received a mammogram within the last 12 months will not be considered eligible.

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