For many women, their weeks are so full with family, work and other commitments that it’s a challenge to find time for an annual screening mammogram. The team at the BreastCare Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has a solution. Beginning October 10, the Center will offer screening mammography services the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
“Some women delay their annual breast screenings because of their hectic schedules,” said Nancy Ledoyen, RN, Director, The BreastCare Center at YRMC. “By offering Saturday screening once a month, we’re knocking down a barrier to breast screening for many women in our communities.”
Women interested in scheduling Saturday screening mammography should:
- Call The BreastCare Center at YRMC (928) 442-8900 or 1-877-436-5290
- Obtain an “order” from their healthcare provider – physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant – for a screening mammogram
Cost is another barrier for some women. The Community BreastCare Fund – managed by YRMC – provides free screening mammography to women throughout western Yavapai County who lack adequate health insurance as well as those with high co-pays or deductibles.
The new Saturday hours begin during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and coincide with the launch of YRMC’s Share the Care initiative. The goal of Share the Care is to lower Yavapai County’s incidence of breast cancer, in part by promoting the importance of annual screening mammography.
The new schedule may be expanded to include additional Saturdays, if there is significant community demand. To schedule a screening mammography, contact The BreastCare Center at YRMC at (928) 442-8900 or 1-877-436-5290.