Soroptimist International Bidwell Rancho will sponsor the 4th annual “Operation Mammogram” at North State Imaging on October 19th!
Women in the United States have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that most studies have found that regular screening with mammography does help reduce the death rate from breast cancer. “When breast cancer is detected early before it has spread, and often before there are any signs or symptoms of the disease, the 5-year relative survival rate is 95%,” says Dr. Jim Schlund, Director of Women’s Imaging at North State Imaging. “This is why it is so important that women follow the American Cancer Society’s guidelines that recommend women have a screening mammogram every year beginning at age 40.”
“Poverty and a lack of health insurance are associated with lower breast cancer survival and many thousands of women are without health insurance or the means to pay for this life-saving exam. The local chapter of the Soroptimist International Bidwell Rancho is stepping in to fill this need in our community by sponsoring “Operation Mammogram” for the fourth year in a row. Uninsured women over age 40 who cannot afford to pay the cost are eligible for a free screening mammogram at North State Imaging, 1702 Esplanade in Chico, on Saturday October 19th from 8am-12pm. They must reside in Butte or Glenn counties and be without signs or symptoms of breast disease. No appointment is necessary, it is on a walk-in basis.
Laverna Hubbard, chairperson for the Bidwell Rancho Soroptimist group, encourages all women who meet the eligiblity criteria to take advantage of this once a year opportunity to come out and receive this potentially life-saving exam. “We screened 198 women at last year’s clinic, 3 of which turned up positive for breast cancer,” says Hubbard. “It is extremely gratifying to know that 3 lives were potentially saved as a result of this event!”
For more information on the free clinic call North State Radiology at (530) 898-0510.
Founded in 1921, Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization of professional women who work through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. Bidwell Rancho is a local chapter of Soroptimist International and meets twice a month from September through June. For more information on Soroptimist International Bidwell Rancho visit sibidwellrancho.org.