Breast Cancer Awareness Month Brings Awareness to Early Detection and Screening

By KBJR News 1

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Brings Awareness to Early Detection and Screening

October 11, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- With Governor Mark Dayton proclaiming October 2012 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reminding woman of their free year-round breast and cervical cancer screenings.

MDH offers their Sage Screening Program, a free breast and cervical cancer screenings for uninsured and under-insured women 40 years and older.

"We think many women are not receiving these life-saving screening tests because they have no health insurance or their insurance has deductibles or co-payments they cannot afford to pay. Sage can help," said Jonathan Slater, director of Cancer Control at MDH.

Sage has a network of more than 430 statewide health care providers and has served over 138,000 women since 1991.

More than 2,000 women have been diagnosed and treated for breast and cervical cancer through Sage.

This year, it is estimated that 3,520 Minnesotan women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 640 Minnesota women will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Women seeking eligibility information about the free mammography program - or women who want to make an appointment for a free mammogram - should call Sage at 1-888-6-HEALTH (1-888-643-2584).

Posted to the web by Krista Burns