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Group offers free breast cancer screenings

October is breast cancer awareness month, and one Westchester organization is offering free screenings to help save lives. Maria Ruiz Valencia says she is still alive thanks to a screening she got

News 12 Staff

Oct 14, 2015, 12:57 AM

Updated 3,169 days ago

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October is breast cancer awareness month, and one Westchester organization is offering free screenings to help save lives.
Maria Ruiz Valencia says she is still alive thanks to a screening she got at Open Door Family Medical Centers in Port Chester two years ago. A mammogram showed that the 51-year-old mother of two had an 85 percent chance of developing breast cancer.
In an effort to reach women like Valencia before it is too late, the center hosted a "Crucial Catch Day" Tuesday to raise awareness of breast cancer.
"Our role here is to talk about it and to get them to think about it," says Dr. Daren Wu. "And to hopefully get them to engage and take care of themselves a little bit better."
The women are able to get free screenings because of a grant provided by the NFL and the American Cancer Society. The league and organization donated $50,000 after teaming up to fight breast cancer.


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