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IU Health Bedford Cancer Center to offer free mammograms

An IU Health Bedford Hospital Release

—Bedford, Ind. (February 26, 2014) – Through a grant from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, IU Health Bedford Cancer Center will provide 50 free digital mammography screenings in 2014.  Women living in Lawrence and Orange counties between the ages of 40 and 65 who are uninsured and low income are eligible.

“Receiving this grant allows us to reach out to women who may not otherwise be able to get a screening mammogram,” says Georgetta Vaught, clinical director of IU Health Bedford Cancer Center.  “Screening mammograms are one of the best tools we have to detect cancer in its earliest stages.  When cancer is detected early, treatment can begin sooner while the tumor is smaller and has often not spread to other areas.”

To learn if you may be eligible to receive a free screening mammogram, please call IU Health Bedford Cancer Centers at 812.275.1295.

Funding for Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust grants are made possible through the sales of the Indiana breast cancer awareness license plate. Since the plate first became available in 2002, over $2.5 million has been distributed through competitively awarded grants to organizations throughout the state for innovative projects for screening mammography services not otherwise available to medically underserved populations in Indiana.

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INDIANA BREAST CANCER AWARENESS TRUST
Since the breast cancer awareness license plate was first made available in 2002, over $2 million has been distributed by the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) through competitively awarded grants to organizations throughout the state for innovative projects for screening mammography services not otherwise available to medically underserved populations in Indiana.

The mission of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening and diagnosis throughout Indiana. Indiana residents may purchase an Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness license plate by visiting their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch or the BMV website at www.in.gov/bmv. Of the $40 specialty plate fee, $25 is a direct tax-deductible donation (to the extent of the law). The plate can be purchased for use on passenger cars, trucks and recreational vehicles up to 11,000 pounds and motorcycles.

The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness license plate was the brain-child of the late Nancy Jaynes, a Plymouth (IN) High School family and consumer sciences teacher. Nancy lost her battle with breast cancer in March of 2008.  Her vision that the license plate be a traveling billboard and reminder about the importance of early detection of breast cancer is alive and making a difference to thousands of Hoosiers.

For more information on the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust and the programs it funds, please visit www.breastcancerplate.org or call 866.724.2228.

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