hastings 050922FRANKFORT – State Senator Michael E. Hastings encourages women to schedule their annual breast cancer screening exam during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Those who may not have scheduled a mammogram due to COVID-19 are especially encouraged to make an appointment.

“Early detection is key,” said Hastings (D-Frankfort).  “Making an appointment for your yearly exam is critical to your health and well-being.”

Breast cancer affects over 250,000 women and 2,400 men in the United States every year, and the National Cancer Institute reports an estimated 9.4 million screening tests that normally would have taken place in 2020 did not happen due to the pandemic. 

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a helpful reminder for women to schedule their yearly exams, and this simple test saves lives,” said Hastings. “If you still need to make an appointment for your annual breast cancer appointment, please prioritize calling your doctor to set up an appointment.”

IDPH reminds the public that the department’s Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) offers free breast exams and mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women. The program also supports diagnostic services and assists with referrals for treatment options.

To enroll in IBCCP, women can call the Women’s Health Line 888-522-1282 (800-547-0466 TTY). The Women’s Health Line will be able to walk women through the eligibility requirements and the screening process.

Hastings’ office is available to answer questions. To contact, please call (815) 464-5431 or visit www.SenatorHastings.com.