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Woman's Life Saved After Free Mammogram

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"Many people have come to help me, I feel very blessed," said Mendoza. "Many people have come to help me, I feel very blessed," said Mendoza.
KENNEWICK, WA- Women over 40 are supposed to have annual mammograms, but what if you simply can't afford it?

That happened to Berenece Mendoza and she is thanking the free mammogram program and the staff at Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

Mendoza explained the doctor's visit that lead her to finding out she had breast cancer, "I had a little bump. The doctor said, "Oh, let me check, oh my gosh, you need to go get a mammogram". 

Mendoza asked, "How much does it cost"?

That doctor's visit was a year ago, and luckily she was offered a free mammogram through a grant the cancer center receives.

"The specialist said, I have breast cancer. I was scared. I told my husband, it's impossible!" explained Mendoza.

Mendoza's doctor referred her to the free exam, otherwise she would have faced up to $100,000.00 in medical bills.

"If I died, I think of all the people who I left. Oh my husband, my kids, my brother, my sister," said Mendoza.

During our entire conversation with Mendoza she recalled how she always thought of her family first, regardless of being tired from chemotherapy and other treatments.

"Many people have come to help me, I feel very blessed," said Mendoza.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in U.S. women, and in Mendoza's case, she had no family history.

As she showed, mammograms are extremely important no matter the cost.
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