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Essentia Health offers free breast cancer screening

Mammography is one of the most important tools in early detection of breast cancer.

A breast imaging tool, mammograms are used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women.

It is considered the most effective breast cancer screening method, because it can identify problems long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt.

Essentia Health recommends annual mammography for women beginning at age 40 through age 75.

The Minnesota Department of Health SAGE Program offers a free mammogram screening 2-7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Essentia Health Baxter Specialty Clinic, 13060 Isle Drive. Eligible women must be 40 or older with a gross household income that does not exceed specific guidelines and meet one of the following insurance criteria:

• Has no health insurance, or

• Has health insurance but has a co-payment, or

• An unmet deductible, and/or

• Health insurance does not cover mammograms.

Women on MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance do not need SAGE coverage and are not eligible.

All women who have a mammogram at the event will be entered into a prize drawing. To make an appointment or learn more about the gross household income guidelines, call Jennifer at the Baxter Specialty Clinic at 218-454-5935.