Only about 70 percent of women eligible to get breast screenings, actually do. And an event Friday is helping give women no excuse, to get the life saving exam.
"Approximately 400 women in Arkansas die each year from breast cancer," Erin Allen, the program coordinator for the Washington Regional Cancer Support Home said.
That statistic can change with early detection, and it's made easier through "No Excuses" funded by the Ozark affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
"No excuses is a program that is dedicated to helping women overcome barriers to breast health.... whether that be a barrier that's cultural, or economical or educational," Allen said.
Friday about 50 women will receive a basic clinical breast screening at the Free Health Center in Fayetteville.
"However, if a mammogram is recommended based on a women's age or the exam findings, there may be resources available to help pay for that mammogram."
Giving these women access to information crucial for early detection.
"We really hope that tomorrow's event removes any barriers that women may have had to getting this procedure done so that they really have no excuse for putting it off any longer," she said.
The breast screenings are free but an appointment is required by Thursday.
Just call the Northwest Arkansas Cancer Support Home in Fayetteville (479) 521-8024 for a time slot.
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