'Mammothon' works to make breast cancer screenings more convenient for women

Event celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

INDIANAPOLIS - Franciscan Saint Francis Health is working to make health screenings for women more convenient during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The 2nd Annual Mammothon offers extended screening hours for women who need to have mammograms.

Medical experts say the survival rate for women can significantly improve with mammograms and early detection.

Dr. Erika Rager said the procedure is recommended for women 40 and over.

"In particular, women who have a strong family history of breast cancer should have a mammogram. For instance, if your mother or your sister was diagnosed prior to age 50, then you might need to start screening a little earlier," Rager said.

Event organizers said free bone density screenings, free chair massages and stroke assessments will be available.

Mammograms are covered by all major insurance carriers. For those who qualify, financial assistance for mammograms is available through the Little Red Door Cancer Agency. 

For more information about screening schedules, visit  www.mammothon.com

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