Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. In fact, one out of eight American women who live to be 85 years of age will develop breast cancer – a risk that was one out of 14 in 1960.

These were just a couple of alarming facts Lions Club members learned during Tuesday’s meeting held in the Cushing Regional Hospital education room.

Lion of the Day and CRH Foundation director Marian Shiever spoke to the group before introducing Todd Bonine, manager of CRH Radiology Department. Shiever stressed the importance of getting a baseline

mammogram and that funds are available to those who do not have health insurance.

“The funds are here,” Shiever said. “We want to use them – that’s what they are here for.” She went on to say that to qualify you must:

1. Live in the Cushing zip code or have a local physician’s referral

2. Have no health insurance

3. Meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines

However, Shiever noted if someone is unsure whether they qualify or would like help, they can contact Jennifer Young at (918) 225-8144.

Radiologist Todd Bonine fielded questions from the group and once again stressed the importance of getting a screening mammogram. “If you are over 40, it is time to get your first mammogram,” Bonine said. “And men are not excluded – although the number of men with breast cancer is much smaller – it can happen.”

To make an appointment for your mammogram screening, call (918) 225-8220, Monday through Friday. CRH is offering mammogram screening at a discounted rate of $75 throughout the month of October.