to host breast cancer awareness displays
Clearwater Valley Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital are joining in nationwide efforts during October to raise people’s awareness about breast cancer. One in eight American women will experience breast cancer in her lifetime.
The SMHC Cottonwood Clinic, the CVHC Orofino Clinic and the Kamiah Medical Clinic will host displays with information and handouts about breast cancer and other women’s health issues.
People can drop by the clinics during their business hours to pick up the free handouts and information.
The Cottonwood Clinic will also hold an Open House on Wednesday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. featuring Shelley Janke, RN, a representative from the Women’s Health Check Program. She will describe the program which is designed for women who can’t afford a mammogram, who have no insurance, who are 50 or older and who have a limited income.
According to Janke, the program pays for free annual mammograms and pap tests. Some women under the age of 50 also qualify. Each of the clinic displays will have information about the Women’s Health Check program.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 have a mammogram every year, have a clinical breast exam by a health provider, annually, and a breast self exam each month.
Mammograms are available through the Cottonwood, Kamiah and Orofino clinics. They are provided through St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center’s mobile mammography services.
For more information about the Women’s Health Check Program, call 1.877.285.6700.