RUMFORD — Rumford Hospital will hold Women’s Health Day on Saturday, Oct. 22. In addition to pampering, refreshments and free breast and cervical screenings, every participant will have a chance to win a pink denim jacket or a bag of goodies donated by Katrina Roy, Avon distributor. Women’s Health Day is offered annually by Rumford Hospital and its physician practices.

For eligible women the day will include free a screening mammogram and physical exam, including a pap smear. Dr. Carolyn Garcia, OB/GYN, will perform the exam. Bone density screening and flu shots will also be available. The program is open to all women over the age of 40 who qualify for the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program. Appointments begin at 8:30 a.m.

Women may call Pam Bentley at Swift River Family Medicine, 369-1194, to see if they qualify for the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program. She will make each eligible woman an appointment for a physical followed by mammogram on the second floor in the Specialty Clinics at Rumford Hospital. Women are encouraged to inquire about eligibility for the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, even if they are unable to take advantage of the scheduled Women’s Health Day on Oct. 22.

Maine women, 50 years or older, who have no insurance or whose insurance does not cover mammograms or pap tests or has a high deductible or co-insurance and who meet the 2011 income limits will be eligible. There are limited openings for women 40 to 49 years old, with priority given to symptomatic or high risk women.

The mammograms will be done with Rumford Hospital’s digital mammography equipment. This equipment allows the test to be done more quickly because film need not be processed. The mammography technologists can immediately view the image on a computer monitor to make sure it is clear. A digital mammogram is clearer than a conventional mammogram, allowing the radiologist to see more detail.

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