This October, for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Sonoma Valley Hospital will offer no-cost mammograms to woman over the age of 40. The program is open for women who: live or work in Sonoma Valley; have not had a mammogram within the past 12 months; are uninsured, underinsured, have a high deductible or are otherwise unable to afford a mammogram; are 40 years or older.
The screening program, known as Project Pink, is made available as a community service through a special grant from the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation.
Women seeking a mammogram must first obtain an order from their physician, who can fax the information to SVH at 935.5271. Those who do not have a regular physician and do not plan to get one should call the hospital for an appointment at 935.5215 to arrange a physician’s referral. When calling to make an appointment, be sure to mention that you wish to take advantage of the Sponsored Mammogram Program.
Screenings will be conducted at the Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Women Health Center, located at 246 Perkins Street in Sonoma.
Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40, and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. Clinical breast exams are recommended about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and over.