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The American Cancer Society is releasing a guide for Hoosier women to research and locate facilities where they can get breast cancer screenings.
Vicki Rakowski is one of the heads of the American Cancer Society’s Great Lakes Division. She said, in helping spread awareness about the importance of breast cancer screenings, there are still major obstacles.
“I think that people aren’t always perceived that they’re at risk,” Rakowski said. “The biggest risk factor for women is being a woman, having breasts.”
She said regardless of family history, the American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. To help with that, the American Cancer Society is releasing a free catalog of facilities across the state where women can receive the procedure.
“We try to publish as much about the facilities that we can to let women know when there is, particularly if they’re going for their first mammogram, where the opportunities are to have that done,” Rakowski said.
That ranges from basic contact info and appointment scheduling to whether the facilities accept self-referrals and Medicare, Medicaid or other types of insurance. The catalog can be found at the American Cancer Society’s website.