‘Mammogram Mondays’ to aid area women in October
The Regional Cancer Partnership of Central Illinois (RCPIL) is providing free breast cancer screenings on ‘Mammogram Mondays’ in October to women with no insurance or to those who are under-insured.
The cancer screenings will be offered at six central Illinois locations on Mondays throughout October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Area health organizations will host the screenings at two Springfield locations and at hospitals in Lincoln, Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro. Appointments are required; no walk-ins are available.
Mammogram Mondays locations and times in October (October 5, 12, 19 and 26) include:
Memorial Medical Center/Baylis Breast Center
Screening times start at 4 p.m.
747 N. Rutledge St., Springfield
HSHS St. John's Women’s Center
400 N. 9th Street, Springfield
217-757-6565, request Mammogram Mondays
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
200 Stahlhut Dr., Lincoln
Taylorville Memorial Hospital
201 E. Pleasant St., Taylorville
Hillsboro Area Hospital
1200 E. Tremont St., Hillsboro
HSHS St. Francis Hospital
1215 Franciscan Dr., Litchfield
Educational materials, including information on general breast health and how to perform breast self-exams, will also be available at each location.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. More than 276,000 women will be newly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2020, and 42,170 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Though black women and white women get breast cancer at about the same rate, black women are more likely to die from it.
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.
The Susan G. Komen Memorial Foundation has funded Mammogram Mondays since 2013, awarding Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine about $20,000 annually to support the community event through the Regional Cancer Partnership (RCP) of Central Illinois. Over the past seven years, Mammogram Mondays has provided free preventative breast cancer screenings to nearly 575 women.
However, the future of Mammogram Monday is uncertain. The Komen Foundation has announced it will be unable to fund the event beyond 2020 due to the pandemic’s impact on its fundraising.
Members of the RCPIL 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.
The mission of SIU School of Medicine is to optimize the health of the people of central and southern Illinois through education, patient care, research and service to the community. SIU Medicine, the health care practice of the school of medicine, includes clinics and offices with more than 300 providers caring for patients throughout the region.