RUMFORD – “As certified mammography technologists, my sister and I encourage all women to get mammograms according to guidelines,” says Jean Soubble, who works in the Mammography Suite at Rumford Hospital. “But the Maine Breast and Cervical Program is more than just mammograms,” adds Karen Welch, her sister, who is also a certified mammographer.

“The program provides free annual mammograms and physical exams, including pap smears for eligible women ages 40 to 65.”

Soubble and Welch will be the mammography technologists for Women’s Breast and Cervical Health Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.

Gynecologist Gary Baldwin, MD, of Swift River Health Care, will provide physical exams. This is an opportunity for eligible women to join the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program by making an appointment and coming in for these free services.

“We hope women will inquire if they are eligible for the program, even if they are not able to make an appointment that day,” says Welch. By calling 1-800-350-5180 and pressing number 1, women can determine if they are eligible with the help of a Breast and Cervical Program representative.

At noon on Women’s Health Day, the public is invited to a luncheon presentation by Dr. Baldwin and Kathi Varney, who is a nurse practitioner at the Bennett Breast Care Center at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. The two will discuss women’s health issues and breast care. Women who wish to attend the luncheon must call Pam Bentley at 369-0146 to register as space is limited.

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