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Need a mammogram? Local hospital wants to help you get one.

An exterior view of Touchette Regional Hospital.
An exterior view of Touchette Regional Hospital.

Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville is sponsoring its third annual mammothon breast screening event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Screenings will be held at the hospital, 5900 Bond Ave., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. No one will be turned away due to an inability to pay, and financial assistance is available to women who need help with co-pays or who are uninsured.

Appointments for the Mammothon can be scheduled by calling 618-332-6130.

The Mammothon is hosted by Touchette’s START NOW Breast Cancer Awareness and Patient Navigator Program. START NOW, which is funded in part by Susan G. Komen–Missouri and Avon Breast Health Crusade, serves women in East St. Louis and surrounding communities.

The START NOW team of patient navigators ensures women facing a cancer diagnosis receive quality care, helps guide them through the healthcare system, and serves as their advocates and case managers throughout their battle with the disease — all at no additional cost to patients or their families.

“Each day in Illinois, 25 women are diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Debra Custer, the START NOW Program Manager & Treatment Navigator at Touchette. “But among minority women and those in lower income communities, the disease is caught in the later stages simply because they don’t have access to yearly mammograms. At Touchette, we’re dedicated to breaking down barriers to screenings and offering one-on-one support throughout their journey for better health outcomes.”