Every day a woman in San Diego dies of breast cancer, and six women a day are told they have the disease.
According to experts women without health insurance have a 30% to 50% increased risk of dying from breast cancer.
There is good news though. Experts say if caught early enough the most common type of breast cancer is 99% survivable.
To help kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Susan G. Komen San Diego will be giving free mammograms until 2 pm Friday. The event will be at Northgate Gonzales Market at 1410 S. 43rd Street in Southcrest.
Susan G. Komen encourages uninsured women to make sure they get a breast exam. Women of average risk should get a mammogram once a year starting at age 40, but it's never too early for an exam.
A family or personal history with breast cancer, mutations in certain genes and previous radiation treatments all put women at higher risk for the disease.
Susan G. Komen San Diego is the County’s largest provider of free breast health and cancer resources and services. Their website has information on other ways to get a free exam.