Raleigh, N.C. — Rex Healthcare, now partnered with UNC Health Care, has long been a major center for breast cancer screening services, both at its Raleigh campus and with its mobile unit that travels the state.
On Monday, the new Rex Breast Care Center will open at 3100 Duraleigh Road.
It is three times the size of its current center and offers women a more comfortable environment.
Rex has also added a second digital mammography unit so patients will have shorter wait times.
Many women have insurance coverage to pay for this care, but many are either under-insured or without insurance.
The Komen Foundation plays a huge role in supporting Rex's mammography assistance program.
"The past seven years, Komen has actually provided over $500,000 to provide women in our community who need care that they otherwise wouldn't receive," said Rex Cancer outreach manager Emmeline Madsen.
Komen and Rex Healthcare funding is also available for diagnostic mammograms such as a mammography-guided needle biopsy.
There's also surgical assistance for women who have suspicious findings.
The Komen Foundation is there to let women know that financial problems should not be a barrier to care.
The major hospitals all offer their own charity care programs as well.