On Oct. 19, 45 women ages 40-64 years with no health insurance were eligible for a free mammogram at the Women’s Diagnostic Center. The third Friday in October each year is National Mammography Day, first proclaimed by former President Clinton in 1993.
Tazewell County Health Department and Pekin Hospital celebrate National Mammography Day annually with a FREE Mammography Day. The goal of the National Mammography Day is to increase awareness of breast health.
“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life. Serving 45 women on National Mammography Day is a wonderful start to making mammograms available to all women, especially those with no health insurance,” said Sara Sparkman, TCHD
Community Relations Manager.
According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is found early and confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. Detecting breast cancer in the earliest stages is achieved by annual mammograms, healthcare provider breast exams, and self breast exam.
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides free mammograms and pap tests to women with no health insurance, income level does not impact eligibility. If you were not able to attend the FREE Mammography Day, contact Tazewell County Health Department at (866) 925-5511, extension 316.
This project has been made possible, in part, by a grant from IDPH Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program & The Peoria Memorial Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.