Tazewell County participates in National Mammography Day

By WEEK Producer

October 18, 2013 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- Early detection is the key to winning the fight against breast cancer.

Friday was the 12th annual National Mammography Day.

For 11 of those years, the Tazewell County Health Department and the Women's Diagnostic Center at Pekin Hospital have been offering free mammograms to women who do not have insurance.

Last year, about 50 women were screened, a number they were hoping to reach this time around.

"One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Mammograms detect breast cancer and the earlier we can diagnose the better the outcome will be for the women hopefully," said Sara Sparkman, Communications Manager of the Tazewell County Health Department.

Funding for the free mammograms comes from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

To see if you are eligible for a free mammogram, visit cancerscreening.illinois.gov.

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