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Healthy Woman’s Day Offers Free Health Screenings

Santa Clarita Valley women who are uninsured or underinsured can receive a free woman’s health screening at the fourth annual Healthy Woman’s Day Saturday, October 8, at the Boys and Girls Club in Newhall.  The event is sponsored by Zonta Club of SCV in conjunction with the

Samuel Dixon Family Health Center .

The screening will include a breast examination, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.  A free mammogram is available if warranted, and women who need follow-up care will be directed to services that are affordable.

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Samuel Dixon Center estimates that as many as 25 percent of local women do not have healthcare insurance to cover routine check-ups, and many let their own health go while caring for their families.  The American Cancer Society reports that breast cancer is 95 percent curable if caught in time, making annual check-ups critical, especially for older women.

Healthy Woman’s Day is directed to all women who lack health care coverage, not just low income families.  A number of women who are self-employed or working part-time do not receive regular check-ups because they have no medical insurance or only major medical, which does not cover routine screenings.

 

Women interested in participating can call 661-257-2339 for appointments.  Walk-in screenings are available on October 8, but may encounter delays while patients with appointments are served.

 

The local Zonta Club created Healthy Woman’s Day as part of its mission statement to improve the status of women worldwide.  Zonta International is involved in a number of women’s health issues around the world.

 

Healthy Woman’s Day co-chairs Nancy Albrecht and Cindy Kittle are hoping to serve up to 200 local women at this year’s event.