During Breast Cancer Awareness month, Essentia Health is offering evening appointments on Oct. 29 to provide extended hours for working women to receive breast cancer screenings.

To make an appointment for a yearly screening mammogram, call the Essentia Health scheduling department at 218-828-7646.

Mammography is one of the most important arsenals in the fight against 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.