It's a procedure that could save lives. That's why health officials in our area are making sure women are taken care of during this pandemic.
"The number one way to cure it is to find it early," says Sheila Hauck, Ascension St. Vincent Evansville Breast Center Director.
It can be cured if detected early.
Breast cancer impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of women across the country each year.
But Covid-19 has forced many to postpone their next trip to the doctors office.
"During March we all saw a big slow down in health care and in the middle of March until the middle of May we had to close our doors because of the Covid-19 pandemic," says Hauck. "Unfortunately during that time over 2,600 women did not receive a mammogram that was scheduled here at St. Vincent."
In our community, Hauck says the average age for women diagnosed with breast cancer is 62, but women of all ages can be impacted.
"It was super easy," says Pam Kinney, recently had a mammogram. "Very much social distance and they have markers where you can stand."
Pam Kinney just had a mammogram last week. She says it's an important procedure.
"Most people probably aren't good about doing monthly exams," says Kinney. "I dont know if I would know what to find if I did."
So women don't fall behind, Ascension Saint Vincent is encouraging women to take charge.
To help women catch up, the Breast Center will be hosting a "Mammograms Until Midnight event this Friday from 5 p.m. until midnight.
"People aren't too busy right now," says Hauck. "You dont have time to go out to the movies or dinner, but hopefully you have time to take care of your health."