WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Pink Ribbon Fund of New Hanover Regional Medical Center recently provided a record number of mammograms for women who can't afford them.
On average, about 70 people, women and men, come in for the free diagnostic screening. In April, 120 vouchers were given out.
The free mammograms are made possible through monies raised from Pink Ribbon fundraisers, including the annual Pink Ribbon dinner held every October.
The Pink Ribbon Project also provides comfort bags to women and men undergoing cancer treatment.
Recipients of the free mammograms do have to provide proof they are in need of assistance. They are also required to have a doctor's order.
Iris Baker is the director of the voucher program. She says the vouchers are easy to get.
"A number of doctors' offices in the region have the vouchers and women can get them right at their doctor's offices, or they can call me," Baker says. "I can qualify them over the phone and provide the voucher for them."
If you think you qualify for a free mammogram and would like more information, click here.
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