MONTEBELLO (CNS) - The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and a medical imaging company will kick off a six-week effort today to offer free breast cancer mammography screenings for uninsured women.
The screenings -- which take 15 minutes and provide a referral to a licensed medical professional for follow-up care -- begin with a one-day event between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. today at Montebello-Commerce YMCA, at 2000 W. Beverly Blvd. in Montebello.
Other screenings are set at:
-- Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA, 4801 E. 58th St., Maywood, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 16 and Feb. 1;
-- Anderson Munger Family YMCA, 4301 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 20;
-- Hollywood YMCA, 1553 N. Schrader Blvd., Hollywood, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 21;
-- Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA, 2900 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 11 and Feb. 24;
-- Collins & Katz Family YMCA, 1466 S. Westgate Ave., Los Angeles, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 2;
-- Antelope Valley Family YMCA, 43001 10th Street West, Lancaster, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 16;
-- Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center, 9900 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 17;
-- Crenshaw Family YMCA, 3820 Santa Rosalia Drive, Los Angeles, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 23;
-- Wilmington YMCA,1127 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 25.
Pre-registration for breast cancer screenings is available at alineaevents.com/ymca-2021, but walk-ups will be accepted. Organizers noted that all COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be strictly followed.
“This program is part of the Y's continuing effort to make sure our community members are able to get the necessary services to maintain a healthy lifestyle,'' said Mario Valenzuela, vice president of equity and inclusion for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.
He lauded Alinea Medical Imaging for bringing the mobile breast cancer screenings to YMCA locations “to provide this service who may not have access to this vital health care screening.''
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