Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today a plan that would give a 40 percent increase in free mammography screenings across Chicago for uninsured women.
The plan addresses a critical need in many communities suffering from higher than average breast cancer mortality rates.
“And it’s all about access,” the mayor told breast cancer survivors and community leaders at a Roseland Community Hospital press conference.
“It’s one of the few cancers that if you find out about it early enough you can actually do something about it.”
The mayor wants to expand the city’s efforts to offer more than 5,000 free mammograms over the next year.
But union leaders feared that the mayor would fully privatize an existing mammography program at four neighborhood health clinics.
Spokespeople for the mayor say that’s not the plan – and they’ll continue to support existing efforts, along with a new push to boost the number of screenings citywide.