Free women’s health screening at Pen Bay

Posted Sept. 29, 2011, at 7:26 a.m.

Rockport, Maine – Pre-registration is necessary by Oct. 14 for free women’s health screenings, which will be provided on Friday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m.to 3:30 p.m., at the Women’s Health Center and Pen Bay Women’s Imaging on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus.

These no-cost screenings – a clinical breast exam, Pap test and mammogram – will be available to women who have no insurance or limited insurance and meet certain age and income guidelines.

“These free screenings are for women who are between the ages of 40 to 64,” said Linda Zeigler, RNC, co-director of the Picker Family Resource Center, and women’s health educator at Pen Bay. “There are also income guidelines but they are very generous, so that shouldn’t be a stumbling block for anyone. If you are a woman in this age group who does not have health insurance or has insurance with high deductibles or insurance that does not cover the costs of such tests – this program is for you. Usually this kind of screening takes two visits – the clinical exam being one appointment and the mammogram another – but with this screening, it all gets done in about one hour.”

Pre-registration is required by Friday, Oct. 14. Please call 1-800-350-5180 and press “1″ to see if you qualify and to make an appointment. Although there are limited spots on Oct. 21, women can still call to enroll in this free screening program and then make an appointment for a later date.

“We urge women to call early to enroll in this program because the available spots will fill up quickly,” said Zeigler. “There will be refreshments for each woman who participates in our special screening day. These screenings are so important for women because early detection of breast or cervical cancer can save your life.”

This special screening day is sponsored by Pen Bay Medical Center and the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program.

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