CVIM has assumed the responsibilities of the Centre County Breast Care Coalition.  Services will continue for free mammograms and other screenings for women living and working in Centre County.  Our breast care coalition is a collaboration among agencies, organizations and private citizens in the community helping to overcome barriers to obtain effective and affordable breast care services.  


Eligibility

  • An unisured resident of Centre County
  • Meet income guidelines

For more information about obtaining a mammogram voucher please call 814-234-1911 and leave a message, we will be in contact with you as soon as we can.


Facts

  • 64% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (there is no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast), for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. It is estimated that in 2020, approximately 30% of all new women cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer.
  • There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.


Recommended Screening Guidelines

  • The most important screening test for breast cancer is the mammogram. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It can detect breast cancer up to two years before the tumor can be felt by you or your doctor.
  • Women age 40 – 45 or older who are at average risk of breast cancer should have a mammogram once a year.
  • Women at high risk should have yearly mammograms along with an MRI starting at age 30
    • The chance of getting breast cancer increases as women age. Nearly 80 percent of breast cancers are found in women over the age of 50.
    • Personal history of breast cancer. A woman who has had breast cancer in one breast is at an increased risk of developing cancer in her other breast.
    • Family history of breast cancer. A woman has a higher risk of breast cancer if her mother, sister or daughter had breast cancer, especially at a young age (before 40). Having other relatives with breast cancer may also raise the risk.
    • Genetic factors. Women with certain genetic mutations, including changes to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, are at higher risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. Other gene changes may raise breast cancer risk as well.
    • Childbearing and menstrual history. The older a woman is when she has her first child, the greater her risk of breast cancer. Also at higher risk are:
      • Women who menstruate for the first time at an early age (before 12)
      • Women who go through menopause late (after age 55)
      • Women who’ve never had children