Free mammogram screenings set for July 23-24

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McPHERSON—Diagnostic Imaging Centers will be providing free mammogram screens July 23 and 24 at Trinity Lutheran Church in McPherson. Jen Bonham, with Women and Children Combating Cancer, said about 70 of the 100 slots remained open for the annual Mammo Ammo event.

Screenings will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The screenings are for McPherson County residents, and one must prove residency. Bonham said WACCC started sponsoring the Mammo Ammo event several years ago as a way for the uninsured or underinsured to receive a mammogram. She said early detection was key in diagnosing breast cancer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend for women 40 and older to get a mammogram every two years. Bonham said some women needed to get them more often, depending on one’s family history. She recommended discussing the matter with a family physician. Diagnostic Imaging Centers brings a motor coach from Johnson County with two technicians.

Bonham said all time slots were filled at previous Mammo Ammo events. She said the event would be held even if all the slots are not filled. WACCC pays about $10,000 for the service.

Event sponsors include the McPherson County Community Foundation, Peoples Bank and Trust, state Rep. Les Masohn, S&R Warehouse and Venable Jewelers, LLC. Bonham said insurance will be taken for those who are covered. She said the cost per exam depended on how many images were taken.

“People are appreciative,” she said. “I mean, they can’t afford to go to other places, or they don’t like going to hospitals. This is quick. This is easy. We try to make it not scary. Since it’s an annual thing, they can do this every year.”

To make an appointment, call 620-242-4461.