Nearly all forms of insurances from every major carrier, including Health Alliance and BlueCross BlueShield, are accepted. Insurance usually covers women age 35 and older. Younger women who are interested are advised to check their insurance provisions first.
Women without insurance will be referred to another site for a mammogram.
Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among U.S. women. Yet, in spite of this fact, fewer women are getting mammograms, Leach said.
According to a study by the National Cancer Institute, the percentage of U.S. women having mammograms after age 40 had grown steadily for more than a decade before leveling off to 70 percent in 2000. By 2005, the rate had dropped to 66 percent.
This decline in annual screenings is a major source of concern, she said.
Regular mammograms remain the best tool for catching breast cancer in its earlier and more treatable stages. In fact, screening mammograms decrease breast cancer mortality by at least 25 percent.
Leach said of Wednesday’s event, “It will be a fun, relaxing evening and I encourage women to get yearly mammograms.”
If you want to go
To register for the Provena United Samaritans Girls’ Night Out Mammogram Party, call 304-7516. Spaces are limited, so call soon.
For more information on digital mammography and other services at the Women’s Health Center at Provena in Danville, visit www.provena.org/usmc/women.