Breast Cancer Survivors host 2nd annual Mammogram-a-thon

By Vanessa Johnson

Breast Cancer Survivors host 2nd annual Mammogram-a-thon

July 12, 2013 Updated Jul 12, 2013 at 9:28 PM CDT

PEORIA, IL. -- Friday, Breast Cancer Survivors Ronda Guyton and Janice Parker hosted the 2nd annual Mammogram-a-Thon at the Carver Community Center in Peoria.

The event was started last year, after Guyton was diagnosed with breast cancer., to encourages women, both insured and un-insured, to get their annual breast screening.

"Our purpose here today is for everyone to get a chance, whether you have insurance or not, to come out and get checked," Janice Parker, Mammogram-a-Thon co-chair.

Parker who was diagnosis in September of last year, says despite having a family history of breast cancer the topic was never widely discussed in her household.

"This is not a private situation. This is a situation that every woman needs to be aware of. Take every opportunity to get the treatments and help that you need and especially the screenings."

Pamela Nigus of Chillicothe is uninsured and has not had a mammogram in 10 years. Nigus has no family history of breast cancer, but knows there's always a possibility.

"I do self exams and I have not found any problems or issues to be concerned about in the times past, but again you never know if you may find something. Screenings and tests are wonderful for that reason, because it is a preventative maintenance."

More than 40 women received mammograms Friday.

If you are over the age of 40 and uninsured contact your local medical provider, as many offer free mammography services to those who qualify.

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