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ALMH to offer free mammograms Oct. 29

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[September 14, 2007]  Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is one of five local hospitals offering free mammograms in central Illinois in October. The offering of mammograms has been organized by the Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois in recognition of breast cancer awareness month.

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 insurance deductibles.

Details about the income guidelines as well as preregistration forms that must be completed online are available at Note: Registration cannot be made directly with the hospitals participating. Information is available by calling 217-545-0031 weekdays.

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:

  • Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln will provide mammograms Oct. 29.

  • Memorial Medical Center in Springfield will offer mammograms Oct. 3.

  • Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville will provide mammograms Oct. 13.

  • St. John's Hospital in Springfield will offer mammograms Oct. 20.

  • Taylorville Memorial Hospital will provide vouchers for women so women can schedule appointments by Dec. 31.

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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]

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