Senior living center to host Breast Cancer Awareness Day

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Regional Cancer Partnership of Central Illinois is providing free breast cancer screenings on Mondays in October for women with no insurance or to those who are under-insured.

The cancer screenings will be offered at six central Illinois locations on Mondays throughout October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Area health organizations will host the screenings at two Springfield locations and at hospitals in Lincoln, Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro.

Appointments are required.

Mammogram Mondays locations and times in October (October 5, 12, 19 and 26) include:

Memorial Medical Center/Baylis Breast Center

Screening times start at 4 p.m.

747 N. Rutledge St., Springfield

217-788-4042

HSHS St. John's Women's Center

8-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.

1100 Lincolnshire Blvd., Springfield

217-757-6400, ext. 3

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital

Appointments vary

200 Stahlhut Dr., Lincoln

217-605-5108

Taylorville Memorial Hospital

Appointments vary

201 E. Pleasant St., Taylorville

217-824-1865

Hillsboro Area Hospital

Appointments vary

1200 E. Tremont St., Hillsboro

217-532- 4196

HSHS St. Francis Hospital

Appointments vary

1215 Franciscan Dr., Litchfield

217-324-8470

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States.More than 276,000 women will be newly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2020, and 42,170 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Though black women and white women get breast cancer at about the same rate, black women are more likely to die from it.

The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 or older have screening mammograms every one to two years.

The Susan G. Komen Memorial Foundation has funded Mammogram Mondays since 2013.

However, the future of Mammogram Monday is uncertain. The Komen Foundation has announced it will be unable to fund the event beyond 2020 due to the pandemic's impact on its fundraising.

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