DALLAS, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizers of the large, one-day, free health clinic that will be held Saturday, April 9, in Dallas have arranged for free mammography services to be available at the clinic. But patients who want mammograms must make appointments by this Friday, March 25, at 5:00 p.m. by calling 1-800-340-1301 toll-free.
Mammogram slots are limited, so organizers are urging patients to call to schedule appointments as soon as possible. The Friday deadline is only for the limited mammograms on site. General appointments for the clinic will be available until after April 7. Mammogram referrals also will be available for those who are unable to register for mammograms at the clinic by this Friday.
"This is a valuable service for Dallas area women who are medically underserved," Nicole Lamoureux, chief executive officer of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), said. "But to secure the bus, we must fill all of its appointment slots by the end of the day on Friday."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence rate for breast cancer in Texas is 110.8 per 100,000 persons with a mortality rate of 21.1 persons per 100,000 cases. Early detection is a key tool in beating breast cancer.
The mammograms will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 9. That is one hour less than the rest of the free clinic, which will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that day, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Parking will be free.
Patients registering by Friday afternoon for mammograms also are encouraged to register for general appointments at the clinic by calling 1-800-340-1301 toll-free. Services being offered include: medical exams/physicals; medical tests for diabetes, cholesterol and pregnancy; electrocardiograms (EKGs); three months' worth of prescribed medications; vision screening/eyeglasses; health insurance navigation; kidney testing; HIV testing; dermatology; connections to local care for follow-ups; health education; and behavioral health care.
The clinic will be held by the NAFC in conjunction with the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics (TXACC).
Both medical and non-medical volunteers are needed to participate in the Dallas C.A.R.E. Clinic. Information on the event and how to register is available online at: www.2016DallasCARE.com. The C.A.R.E. Clinics are paid for through sponsorships and individual donations. The NAFC is encouraging donations to help make this and future C.A.R.E. Clinics possible; donations can be made at: www.nafcclinics.org.
About the NAFC:
The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the medically underserved throughout the nation and the more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics that serve them. Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is working to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care and strives to be a national voice promoting quality health care for all. The organization believes that access to health care should be a right, not a privilege, and it values volunteerism, community ownership, service and collaboration.
About the TXACC:
The Texas Association of Charitable Clinics (TXACC) is a statewide nonprofit that supports the work of Charitable Clinics in Texas. By providing resources, education, training and advocacy, TXACC services are a critical part of assuring the availability of high quality healthcare services for the uninsured in Texas. Visit www.txcharitableclinics.org to learn more.
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