Mack Road Valley Hi Community Center to Host First Ever Free Mammogram Screenings for African American Women
Sacramento, California – The Mack Road Valley Hi Community Center, Women of Color on the Move, the Susan G. Komen® Circle of Promise Initiative, and Planned Parenthood North Highlands are partnering to host a mammogram screening event on October 7, 2017 at the Mack Road Valley Hi Community Center, located at 7833 Center Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95823, from 10am to 4pm. This collaborative partnership will also include mobile mammography provider Life Saving Images (LSI), a California-based radiology company. LSI is certified by the FDA, the American College of Radiology, and the State of California.
As part of this partnership, there will be no cost mammograms for all individuals who are eligible. That includes individuals who are Medicare and Medi-Cal recipients, or who are uninsured. Insured individuals are asked to bring their health insurance card. Kaiser members are not included at this time. If individuals do not have insurance, they are likely able to qualify for a free mammogram through the Every Woman Counts (EWC) Program, or other state/local program(s) that provide free mammograms. Enrollment for the EWC will be provided on site.
Individuals interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should call 1-800-341-6822 to schedule an appointment prior to the event to get on the priority screening list, and/or to inquire about options for women under age 40. Walk-ins the day of the event are also welcome.
African American women are, on average: 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than their white female counterparts; are more likely to be diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer; are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age; and are 40 to 70% more likely to have a late-stage diagnosis. Unfortunately, many African American women with late stage diagnosis have a poor prognosis—thus poorer outcomes. Although Circle of Promise is an initiative focused on African American women, all women are welcome to take advantage of this opportunity.
“We are elated to be able to host this first time ever event for the Mack Road Community Center and provide this benefit to those in our community in great need of easy, convenient, and no cost access to mammography screenings,“ said Ian Levin, Community Center & Maintenance Manager. Rhonda M. Smith, Project Director for the Circle of Promise Initiative for Northern California states, ”Too many African American women are dying unnecessarily of breast cancer, and we need to work together to address this issue. Building collaborative community-based partnerships are critical to this work, and will help ensure that women, if diagnosed, are at an early stage because early detection is the key to survival.”
For more information about the screening event and eligibility, contact Rhonda M. Smith, Project Director, Susan G. Komen® Circle of Promise Northern California Initiative (305) 812-2573 or Kelly MacMillan, Komen North and Central Valley California Executive Director at 1-844-KOMEN-CA. For information about the Circle of Promise Initiative, visit the website at www.californiacircleofpromise.org, Like Us on Facebook, or Follow Us on Twitter.