Women matter and Kishwaukee Community Hospital of Dekalb knows that.
Experts agree that early detection is the best weapon against many cancers prevalent in females such as breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
In on going efforts to show the community "your health matters", Kishwaukee Community Hospital is offering free cancer screenings for uninsured women ages 40-64.
Woman who are uninsured will be able to take advantage of these free cancer screening on Wednesday, April 17, 5-8 p.m. and Thursday, April 18, 1-4 p.m.
Important screening being offered include breast exams, mammograms, and pap tests.
If you have insurance but mammograms are not covered under your current insurance policy you can still take advantage of the free screenings.
It is recommended that women with average risk begin receiving yearly mammograms beginning at the age of 40.
Clinical breast exams(CBE) are recommended to be done by a trained medical professional every three years starting at age 20 and then every year for women 40 and over.
If you fall into the high risk group your medical professional will offer an earlier initiation of screenings with shorter intervals in between.
These risk factors include strong family history, radiation to the chest as a child, BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations, and a personal history with breast or ovarian cancer.
Appointments are required and can be made by calling Kish Hospital Outpatient Scheduling at 815-748-2975.
Kishwaukee Community Hospital is located at One Kish Hospital Drive in Dekalb, IL.
If you are unable to visit this location during this time you can also visit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Breast Care Helpline at 1-800-462-9273 to find out how to get a low-cost or free mammogram in your area.
Other free pap screenings information can be found at the National Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
Early detection saves loves and your life matters. Don't let not having insurance stop you from saving your life. Call for a screening today.