Mobile Mammography Unit Provides Screenings in Polk County
(Des Moines, IA) – On July 14, 2015 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and on July 15, 2015 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Polk County Health Department in partnership with Corinthian Baptist Church, Iowa Care for Yourself Program, Health Enterprises and Primary Health Care, Inc. will be hosting a Mammography Event at Corinthian Baptist Church at 814 School Street in Des Moines. Screening mammograms will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.
"This event provides women regardless of insurance status with the opportunity to obtain a mammogram," said Rick Kozin, Polk County Health Department Director. "Even if you don’t have a family history of breast cancer, screening mammograms are an important part of a woman's health care starting at 40 years of age."
Most health insurance will be accepted. Financial assistance provided through the Polk County Health Department, Healthy Women Care for Yourself Program, for women without insurance or without enough insurance coverage for a screening mammogram. Women attending the event should bring a photo ID and their insurance card if applicable.
Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Breast cancer knows no boundaries—be it age, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before. Regular screening mammograms, personal breast awareness and clinical breast exams by a health care provider during office visits offer the best opportunities for early detection.
For more information, please call the Polk County Health Department Healthy Women Program at (515) 286-3642.