Knoxville (WVLT) - Women lined up as early as 1:30 this morning for free breast cancer screenings at the 4th Annual Mission Mammography.
Today the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center offered free mammographies to 107 women without insurance.
"I felt wonderful, i mean it made my day," says Cynthia West who received a free screening Thursday.
For her, a free mammography does not just give her peace of mind, it could save her life. "My mother had breast cancer about 6 years ago and on my father's side my aunt had cancer and my mother's was estrogen fed so we have to keep a close watch on our mammograms."
She tries to get a screening yearly, but without insurance, she says it's difficult. "Today is important because i can't pay for it and without insurance you don't really get a lot of help."
Cynthia is one of 107 women who received free mammograms from Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center for the 4th
Annual Mission Mammography.
Dr. Kamilia Kozlowski developed the Knoxville Breast Center in 1983. "Mammography is such a life saving test, where we can find breast cancer earlier than we can feel it, which means women will survive their disease if they happen to develop it."
Kozlowski says women over 40, without insurance and without implants, lumps, cysts or pain qualify for the screenings.
"It's to help those women who need to have these examinations that wouldn't have them otherwise."
But she says the program is also to promote early detection and how it could save a woman's life.
"If they have it yearly, we can talk about a 20 year survival if we get it under a 1/4 of an inch. That's essentially you're cured."
And that's why women like Cynthia lined up six hours before the screenings began. "The ladies that I was with it's just like we're bonded as sisters because all of us are here for one main cause and that is to prevent something from happening."
The Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center is able to provide the free screenings thanks to the Kim Rowden Breast Cancer Memorial Fund which fund-raises throughout the year.