A total of 90 free mammograms will be provided at hospitals in
Lincoln, Springfield, Jacksonville and Taylorville. The mammograms
will be provided to women who meet income and age guidelines because
they are underinsured due to their low income levels and high
Details about the income guidelines as well as preregistration
forms that must be completed online are available at
Registration cannot be made directly with the hospitals
participating. Information is available by calling 217-545-0031
Appointments will then be made for the mammograms at each site on
a first-come basis. Women should call 217-732-2161, ext. 75160, for
an appointment at ALMH on Oct. 29.
Radiologists are waiving their charges for reading the
mammograms. Women who have positive findings will be referred to
their primary care physicians or to the Breast Center at SIU School
of Medicine in Springfield.
The hospitals involved with the free
screenings are as follows:
Memorial Hospital in Lincoln will provide mammograms Oct. 29.
Center in Springfield will offer mammograms Oct. 3.
Hospital in Jacksonville will provide mammograms Oct. 13.
St. John's Hospital
in Springfield will offer mammograms Oct. 20.
Hospital will provide vouchers for women so women can schedule
appointments by Dec. 31.
[to top of second column]
Currently, a mammogram with a clinical breast exam is the most
effective way of detecting breast cancer. Women age 40 and older
should have a yearly mammogram. More information is available from
the American Cancer Society,
The Regional Cancer
Partnership first began meeting in 2001 and was reorganized last
year. It is focused on cancer control, prevention and education in
central Illinois. The members are the American Cancer Society,
Capitol Community Health Center, Central Illinois
Hematology/Oncology, Illinois Department of Public Health, Logan
County Health Department, Memorial Medical Center, Mia Ware
Foundation, Passavant Area Hospital, Sangamon County Department of
Public Health, Sangamon County Medical Society, SimmonsCooper Cancer
Institute at SIU School of Medicine, Springfield Clinic, Springfield
Urban League, the Cancer Institute at St. John's Hospital and Y-Me
National Breast Cancer Organization-Illinois Affiliate.
[Text from file received
from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]