ORLANDO, Fla. – There’s a new way to get your mammogram this Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- on a bus.
Tracy Mowatt made her first appointment from the parking lot of Grace Medical Home.
“I could get a mammogram and I've never had one before, so I'm going to take the opportunity out and make sure I'm OK," Mowatt said.
Mowatt had struggled to find payment options for a mammogram screening, until she heard about the bus. The Florida Hospital Cancer Care Fund provides the necessary financial support for women in need, and uninsured women have access to free mammograms. To qualify for the fund, women must apply.
"I think it's wonderful, because there are so many women out there that don't have insurance or don't have money and they're giving free mammograms, I mean I feel like everybody should line up and get one," Mowatt said.
Jennifer Perez agreed, saying the “Mammo Bus” may have even saved her life.
"One day the mammogram bus was at my work, first time it had ever been there, and I was like well I kind of don't have an excuse anymore," Perez said.
The American Cancer Society recommends women ages 40-44 have the option to start mammograms, and 45-54 get an annual screening.