Beginning on October 1st, Hillsboro Area Hospital - along with other healthcare facilities in the area - will be providing a free mammogram to women who are uninsured or under-insured. "Mammogram Mondays" is made possible by a $20,651 grant from the Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, the Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois (RCPIL). The annual grant from RCPIL has benefited nearly 400 women over the past four years.
The latest technology for breast cancer detection is 3D digital breast imaging. This technology produces three-dimensional images of the breast from multiple angles and with more detail, improving physicians’ ability to detect cancer early and the accuracy in pinpointing tumor size and location. Because of this technology, Hillsboro Area Hospital has decreased the additional view rate by nearly 80 percent since using 3D digital mammography.
"Mammogram Mondays" appointments are required. No walk-ins are available at any location. Times and locations for Mammogram Mondays in October (October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29) include:
Educational materials will also be available at each location, including information on general breast health and how to perform breast self-exams.
The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 or older have screening mammograms every one to two years. Screening mammograms are for patients who do not have symptoms or who have not detected any abnormalities.
Members of the Regional Cancer Partnership of Central Illinois include: The American Cancer Society, Illinois Emergency Management Agency - Radon Division, Illinois Department of Public Health, Logan County Health Department, Mia Ware Foundation in Jacksonville, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Regional Cancer Center Memorial Medical Center, Sangamon County Department of Public Health, Sangamon County Medical Society, Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, St. John's Hospital Cancer Institute, Blessing Hospital in Quincy and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
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