Local breast cancer survivor hosts 2nd Annual Mammogram-A-Thon

By Vanessa Johnson

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Fifteen minutes could save your life. That is how long it takes to complete a mammogram.

On Friday, local breast cancer survivor Ronda Guyton is hosting her 2nd Annual Mammogram-A-Thon at the Carver Community Center in Peoria.

It is recommended that women get an annual mammogram beginning at age 40.

Guyton says the event encourages the community members to take a proactive approach to their health.

"Don't ever think that it can't happen to you, because I thought the same thing," said Guyton. "I wasn't prepared for what happened but it happened and I can only thank God that I was forced to go and get my mammogram. I don't want anybody else to be forced into getting it done. I want you to be proactive and go out there and get it done."

The Unity Point Health Methodist WellMobile will also be at the event providing free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings. You must fast for 8 to 12 hours prior to the tests.

The Mammogram-A-Thon is Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mammogram costs depend on insurance. Participants should contact their insurance companies to see if UnityPoint Methodist is a covered provider. Another event with OSF St. Francis will be held soon.

Walk ins are welcomed, or you can schedule an appointment by calling 309-671-8282

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