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'Mammogram Mondays' Begin in October

September 11, 2018
Area health organizations have added two new locations to their list of sites offering free mammograms in October: Taylorville and Hillsboro. Women who are uninsured or under-insured can receive a free mammogram each Monday in October. The program will be offered again at two Springfield locations and in Lincoln.
 
Thanks to a $20,651 grant from the Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, the Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois (RCPIL) is able to fund the program for women ages 40 and older. Over the last four years, nearly 400 women have benefited from this annual grant.
 
"We are very glad to expand the program to Christian and Montgomery counties this year. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to beating the disease,” said Diana Weyhenmeyer, RCPIL chair. “Screening and education are critically important factors for women of all ages and the foundation to continued health.”
 
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:
 
Memorial Medical Center/Baylis Breast Center
Screening times start at 4 p.m.
747 N. Rutledge St., Springfield
217-788-4042
 
St. John's Women's Center
8-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.
1100 Lincolnshire Blvd., Springfield
217-757-6400, ext. 3
 
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Appointments vary
200 Stahlhut Dr., Lincoln
217-605-5108
 
Taylorville Memorial Hospital
Appointments vary
201 E. Pleasant St., Taylorville
217-824-1865
 
Hillsboro Area Hospital
Appointments vary
1200 E. Tremont St., Hillsboro
217-532- 4196
 
Educational materials, including information on general breast health and how to perform breast self-exams, will also be available at each location.
 
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.
 
Contact Cindy Davidsmeyer with questions at 217-545-3837.