frequently asked questions

Please also discuss any questions you have with your doctor.

Breast Cancer

Can I get a mammogram for free?
Yes, if you do not have insurance or if you need help getting a mammogram, please contact Erie County Cancer Services Program at (716) 858-7376. You can find more details on their website. You can also contact The National Witness Project at (716) 845-3383 or find more details at their website.
What if I don't know my family history?
You can discuss your concerns with your physician. Regular breast cancer screening is recommended for all women aged 40 years or older. Women with a family history of breast cancer may be at a higher risk and should start screening at younger age. If you need help finding a physician or setting up appointments for consultation or testing, you may contact Erie Counry Cancer Services Program (716-858-7376) or The National Witness Project (716-845-3383)
How do I know if I'm considered at risk?
The CDC's webpage for breast cancer risk factors is a great resource for understanding your average risk of developing breast cancer. However, regardless of these risks, you are still encouraged to discuss your risk with a PCP and discuss when is most appropriate to undergo screening.
What if I can't drive to get the mammogram?
There are several options available if you need help with transportation to get a mammogram. You can find more details by following this link.
Can I bring my child(ren) to the clinic or testing center while getting tested

Yes, testing centers allow your child to accompany you while getting tested.

Can someone take me to my appointments?
There are several options available if you need help with transportation to get a mammogram. You can find more details by following this link.
What if I don't have insurance?
You do not need to be insured to get tested for breast cancer. If you do not have insurance or if you need help getting a mammogram, please contact Erie County Cancer Services Program at (716) 858-7376. You can find more details on their website. You can also contact The National Witness Project at (716) 845-3383 or find more details at their website.
How expensive is a mammogram?
A mammogram test is covered by most insurance companies at no cost to the patient. Please contact your insurance provider or your physician's office. If you do not have insurance or if you need help getting a mammogram, please contact Erie County Cancer Services Program at (716) 858-7376. You can find more details on their website. You can also contact The National Witness Project at (716) 845-3383 or find more details at their website.
Where can I get a mammogram in buffalo?
Mammogram services are available at several locations. You can use this user-friendly document or map to find a convenient location. Additionally, a mobile testing unit is parked at several clinic locaitons in the neighborhood. You can check the schedule here.
Where can I get a breast ultrasound in buffalo?
Ultrasound tests are available at several diagnostic centers and clinic offices. You can contact your physician's office if they provide this service or use this user-friendly document or map to find a convenient location that offers ultrasound testing.
What if I can't afford treatment?
There are options for patients who cannot afford necessary care. Please contact Erie County Cancer Services Program at (716) 858-7376. You can find more details on their webpage. You can also contact The National Witness Project at (716) 845-3383 or find more details at their website.
Is there somewhere to get genetic testing done?
You can contact your physician's office for more details. Additionally, some companies offer genetic testing (for example, 23 and Me and Illumina ) can let you know about your individual risk for breast cancer. It is always advisable to consult your doctor to discuss results from genetic testing.
What are my low-cost testing options?
If you need help getting a mammogram, please contact Erie County Cancer Services Program at (716) 858-7376. You can find more details on their webpage. You can also contact The National Witness Project at (716) 845-3383 or find more details at their website.
Do I have to have insurance to get a mammogram?
You do not need to be insured to get cancer screening services. If you need help getting a mammogram, please contact Erie County Cancer Services Program at (716) 858-7376. You can find more details on their webpage. You can also contact The National Witness Project at (716) 845-3383 or find more details at their website.
How can I get health insurance if I don't have a job?
You do not need to be insured to get cancer screening services. If you do not have insurance or if you need help paying for a mammogram, please contact Erie County Cancer Services Program at (716) 858-7376. You can find more details on their webpage. You can also contact The National Witness Project at (716) 845-3383 or find more details at their website.
Who can I talk to about my options?
You can speak to care coordinators, patient advocates, and nurse navigators at your physician's office to help you figure out your options for testing and potential treatments. If you need help finding a primary care provider you can also use this user friendly document or map to find a conveinent clinic location. Erie County Cancer Services Program at (716) 858-7376 and The National Witness Project at (716) 845-3383 can also help you find a primary care doctor.
How can the University of Buffalo help me?
University at Buffalo researchers are committed to addressing patient barriers to obtaining care through educational resources tailored to underserved patients.
How can I find a primary care provider?
If you need help finding a primary care provider, contact your local hospital or clinic and ask to establish primary care with a physician. Alternatively, you can call 311 to find out how to get medical or dental care at a public hospital, child health clinic, or community health clinic. You can also use this user friendly document or map to find a conveinent clinic location. Erie County Cancer Services Program at (716) 858-7376 and The National Witness Project at (716) 845-3383 can also help you find a primary care doctor.
Do I need a doctor's order to get screened?
Once you see a provider they will order the screening and help get you scheduled. A doctor's order is a necessary part of a testing for breast cancer.
Can't I just check myself?
You can and should certainly use self-examination methods to feel for any lumps in the breast tissue. However, there is a risk of missing lumps or masses that may be small or deeper in the tissue. An imaging study, a mammogram, or an ultrasound are best. You can find out more about different types of breast exams here.
Do I need a mammogram if I don't feel any lumps?
Many women who undergo screening have breast cancer detected even though they could not feel the mass themselves. This is why early screening is so important.
Where can I learn more?
We put together several resources for you to learn more in the "Learn More" tab on our website. Here is one example.
What's your phone number?
You can contact the study staff at (716) 424-8109 or bewellbuffalo@gmail.com
Is there a screening place near me?
There are several testing centers in and around Buffalo where you can get a mammogram. Please use this user-friendly document or map guide to find locaitons that are open late and during weekends. Using the map you can also get directions to these locations.
My work schedule changes frequently. Can i have a mammogram on weekend?
Yes, you can use this user-friendly document or map guide to find locaitons that are open late and during weekends. Using the map you can also get directions to these locations.
Can someone contact me to help?
Certainly. The National Witness Project, a community-based organization focused on helping people with their healthcare needs. If you fill out this form, a care navigator will get in touch with you. The National Witness Project operates independently from the UCare4U Initiative.