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Chargers Host Free Mammogram Testing At Qualcomm For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Above: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and free mammogram testing is being offered throughout the county. On Tuesday, the Chargers provided about 100 free mammograms at Qualcomm Stadium.

Aired 10/9/13 on KPBS News.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and free mammogram testing is being offered throughout the county. On Tuesday, the Chargers provided about 100 free mammograms at Qualcomm Stadium.

— This is the time of year when you see those pink ribbons in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month almost everywhere. Even football teams have gotten into the fight to find a cure for breast cancer.

About 100 women, most of them older then 40 and hadn't had a screening in years, showed up at Qualcomm Stadium for free mammogram testing courtesy of the San Diego Chargers.

Deborrah Morgan's family has a history of breast cancer. She came down from Hillcrest for the exam.

"I've been uninsured for many years and I thought this was a good way to come out and not only be taken care of, but to also pass on good, positive thoughts to other women who are here," Morgan said.

With one woman diagnosed with breast cancer every 2 minutes in the U.S., screenings like these create camaraderie, Angela Christianson said.

"A lot of the friends I know couldn't come today, so maybe we could find out when the next event is and they can go there," the Claremont resident said. "It's really a great thing that they're doing for everyone."

Laura Farmer Sherman with the Susan G. Komen Foundation said no one will be turned away.

"There's an event like this every single day in October and all you have to do is call 211 San Diego to find out where, when and how and we'll hook you up," she said.

Turns out the mother of Chargers chief executive A.G. Spanos is a breast cancer survivor and early detection helped save her life. 

"Ninety-eight percent of woman survive, but the key is it has to be caught early, and the only way to do that is a mammogram," Sherman said.

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