St. Louis County offers free mammograms


Photo by ©Jerry Naunheim Jr.

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016 – This is the Siteman Cancer Research Mammogram van. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Women age 40 and over can get free mammograms today at the Kirkwood Recreation Center, 111 S. Geyer Road, 63122.

Appointments begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 and conclude at 2 p.m. Mammograms are available at no cost to women with no health insurance.

The service is provided through a partnership with the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine and Susan G. Komen Missouri and St. Louis County’s Office of Community Empowerment.

“Community Empowerment’s main purpose is to marshal resources where they are needed most,” said County Executive Steve Stenger. “Thanks to Siteman Cancer Center and Washington University’s School of  Medicine, cancer screenings will be offered to women who otherwise may not have access to these services.”

Siteman’s mobile mammography van uses equipment that emits the lowest possible radiation dose. Each exam takes about 20 minutes and results are reported to the patient within seven to 10 days.