JACKSON, Calif. – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sutter Imaging in Amador County is offering free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women on Saturday, Oct. 8.
It is one of eight Sutter Imaging sites in the greater Sacramento region that have set aside one Saturday this month to perform the free digital screening mammograms for uninsured and under-insured women who otherwise may not have access to these potentially life-saving screenings.
“Early detection can lead to a longer, healthier life,” said Sutter Amador Hospital Radiologist Phil Granchi, M.D. “Unfortunately, some women view mammograms as ‘optional,’ especially those without insurance or who have high copayments and deductibles. We want to help create better access for them and put them on a path toward wellness.”
The Sutter Imaging in Amador County is located at 100 Mission Blvd. in Jackson. To sign up for a mammogram, call the office at (209) 223-7560. An appointment is required and space is limited; however, there was still access for the Sutter Amador location as of Wednesday, Oct. 5.
When the free mammogram program discovers abnormal results, it connects the women with community agencies or their insurance options to provide follow-up care. The first free mammography day this year was held Oct. 1 in Elk Grove, and 23 women participated. At least one patient had a positive result for an abnormality and will be receiving follow-up care; this wouldn’t have been caught if not for the free mammography event in Elk Grove.
Thanks to community philanthropy efforts, women throughout the Gold Country now have access to the latest 3D mammography technology that is capable of discovering previously hidden tumors and decreasing the chances of what are termed “false positives.” A new, top-of-the-line Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography unit debuted earlier this year at Sutter Amador Hospital, offering mammograms with images that are much clearer and more comprehensive. It is the first 3D mammography unit in the greater area, giving Sutter Amador mammography technology that’s on par with major hospitals and radiological centers in the nation.
Here are the dates and locations of the free mammogram sessions that still have access for appointments. To sign up, contact the Sutter Imaging location you want to attend directly at the number provided.
Oct. 8: Sutter Imaging Roseville II, 2 Medical Plaza, Suite 105, Roseville, (916) 865-1432.
Oct. 8: Sutter Imaging Amador, 100 Mission Blvd., Jackson, (209) 223-7560.
Oct. 8: Sutter Imaging Fairfield, 2700 Low Court, Fairfield, (707) 432-2500.
Oct. 15: Sutter Imaging Sacramento, 3161 L St., Sacramento, (916) 262-9534.
Oct. 15: Sutter Imaging Davis, 2020 Sutter Place, Suite 102, Davis, (530) 747-5030.
Oct. 22: Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education St., Auburn, (530) 886-6562.