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SVMHS and Salinas Valley Radiologists Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Free Mammograms 

Outreach provides screening mammograms at no cost to patients in need

Salinas, CA, October 1, 2013- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and Salinas Valley Radiologists at SVMHS’s Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center will be donating their time and expertise this month to provide screening mammograms at no cost to women in need. The professional staff at the nationally recognized Breast Imaging Center of Excellence will provide 31 no-cost mammograms for low-income women—one mammogram for each day of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The outreach project was created three years ago as a way to improve health care options to women in the community who might otherwise go without this vital service. The American Cancer Society reports that other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women. As with most diseases, early detection is the key to successful intervention. Unfortunately, some women are forced to put off important medical services like mammograms for financial reasons.

Salinas Valley Memorial will change that reality for 31 women during the month of October. Women who qualify as low-income and are interested in this program should contact their physician, who can refer them for a free screening at the Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center.

Earlier this year, The American College of Radiology designated The Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center at SVMHS as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The designation is awarded to breast imaging facilities offering the highest standard of care to their patients. The Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center utilizes state-of-the-art technologies including digital mammography to ensure crystal clear, accurate images. The spacious spa-like environment is designed for comfort and privacy. The Center features four mammography rooms and three ultrasound suites including one specially equipped for ultrasound-guided biopsies. There is also a room dedicated for computer-aided biopsies.

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is proud to partner with dedicated physicians to provide quality health care to the community. For more information on the Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center, go to

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