Low Income life Saver

A Texoma hospital is helping to save lives of thousands of women. Low income women living in Montague County now have a chance to get a breast cancer screening.

Moncrief Cancer Institute, in Fort Worth received a federal grant for $2,700,000 and Bowie Memorial Hospital is among six counties getting help to provide free breast cancer screenings.

The hospital will start offering free breast cancer screenings to women who are under-insured and otherwise can't afford insurance. The hospital hopes to raise awareness and save lives.

In the case something is found, funding will also be available for follow-ups or any other procedures.

Bowie Memorial Hospital encourages all women to stop by and get a free screening if they are eligible.

Debe Reed, Director of Radiology at Bowie Memorial Hospital, said, "It's the best thing you can do for yourself. The longer you wait the worst the outcome is if something is wrong." Reed added, "A lot of woman don't have anything wrong, but there's things you don't feel or you don't know about until it's too late to treat it."

Bowie Memorial Hospital hopes the funding extends into next year, but in the case that it doesn't they will still help out women who cannot afford screenings.

The hospital will offer free breast cancer screenings starting January 2013, but they don't have an exact date yet.

The hospital plans to have the screenings quarterly, but if the need is there the hospital will offer screenings more often.

To find out if you are eligible to register for the free screenings you can contact Bowie Memorial Hospital at (940) 872 - 1126.

You have to be a Montague County resident to qualify.

Natalie Garcia,   Newschannel 6