St. Bernards will kick off October – a month traditionally known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – with a special one-day event on Friday, Oct. 3, at Temple Baptist Church, 2405 Red Wolf Blvd., Jonesboro.
During Go Pink for the Cure Day, free mammograms will be provided to qualifying uninsured women.
Mammograms will be available from 8 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. Clinical breast exams also will be performed at no cost to the patient, and all mammograms will be read by a St. Bernards radiologist. Funding for these services is provided by the Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Registered mammography technologists will perform screening mammograms aboard the St. Bernards Mobile Women’s Health Unit which will be parked near the rear entrance to the church.
To qualify, women must be uninsured. Those between 35 and 40 years of age qualify for a baseline screening mammogram. Women 40 years and older should receive annual screening mammograms.
Women eligible to take part in the program must have no unusual breast symptoms, breast implants or prior history of breast cancer. They also must be at least one full year out from their last normal screening mammogram.
Participants do not have to make appointments.
Go Pink Day is designed to increase awareness of the importance of breast health and breast cancer awareness.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Their best chance for survival is early detection – and that most effectively is done through monthly self-breast exams, regular screening mammograms and annual clinical breast exams.
Additional information can be secured by calling Penny Jones, St. Bernards mobile mammography coordinator, at 870-207-8007 or 870-897-5849.