Queens lawmaker announces free mammogram screening event in Far Rockaway in December

(Photo via American-Italian Cancer Foundation website)

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. announced a free mammogram screening event in conjunction with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation that will take place in Far Rockaway in December. 

A mammogram bus will be parked inside the Key Food parking lot, located at 87-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd., on Friday, Dec. 2, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Those who register with Addabbo’s office will be able to receive their free mammogram screening. 

“Getting a mammogram is vitally important to women’s health,” Addabbo said. “Breast cancer has taken the lives of so many women, but it is a treatable condition if caught early. That is why I am bringing this service for my constituents, free of charge. Whether it’s receiving a clean bill of health or getting checked because of a family history of breast cancer, mammogram screenings are a crucial health exam and I hope women will sign up for this service. I would like to thank the American Italian Cancer Foundation for their partnership in this endeavor.” 

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) supports cancer research, education and control, emphasizing the outstanding resources of Italy and the United States. AICF was co-founded in 1980 by renowned breast cancer surgeon Umberto Veronesi, MD, a pioneer of breast-conserving surgical techniques in the treatment of breast cancer, and Italian businessman Alessandro di Montezemolo. 

Veronesi envisioned a partnership between Italy and the United States to expose young scientists to new ideas, trends and research techniques that would ultimately enrich the scientific community and increase international collaboration in the fight against cancer. 

In order to be eligible for the clinical breast exam, women must be: 

  • Between 40 and 79 years old with health insurance 
  • Between 50 and 79 years old without health insurance 
  • Currently living in New York City
  • Had not had a mammogram in the last 12 months. 

Uninsured patients are welcome, there are no co-payments, and all deductibles are waived for this service. Although registration is preferred, walk-ins will be accommodated on a limited basis. 

Appointments are limited, so to ensure that you are able to get a free mammogram screening, call Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111, or the American-Italian Cancer Foundation at 877-628-9090 to make an appointment.