Joyce Urges Women to Schedule Annual Mammogram (Essex, IL) — As National Mammography day quickly approaches during this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, State Senator Patrick Joyce is encouraging women who may have postponed breast cancer screenings due to COVID-19 to take action and reschedule a comprehensive exam soon.
“Breast cancer affects thousands of women in all corners of our state,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “It is vital that women are being cautious of the signs of breast cancer and schedule their yearly exams for possible early detection of cancer.”
The National Cancer Institute reported an estimated 9.4 million screening tests that normally would have taken place in 2020 did not happen because of the pandemic.
Breast cancer is a disease that affects over 250,000 women and 2,400 men in the United States every year.
“This disease is not something to dismiss,” Joyce said. “I encourage all women to make sure they are up-to-date on their breast screenings and to make mammogram appointments as needed.”
IDPH reminds the public that the department’s Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) offers free breast exams and mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women. The program also supports diagnostic services and assists with referrals for treatment options.
To enroll in IBCCP, women can call the Women’s Health Line 888-522-1282 (800-547-0466 TTY). The Women’s Health Line will be able to walk women through the eligibility requirements and the screening process.
Joyce Urges Women to Schedule Annual Mammogram