By Melynda Schauer| October 10, 2011 at 5:39 PM CDT - Updated June 25 at 3:04 PM
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)
Pink ribbons, memorial runs and balloon launches throughout the month of October help highlight breast cancer awareness and prevention, and one hospital is joining in that effort by offering mammograms at a reduced price.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, St. Vincent's Health System will offer mammograms for $99 during October so that more women can receive an annual exam.
The reduced price of $99 is more than 50 percent off of the usual physician and hospital fee, according to a release from St. Vincent's Health System.
St. Vincent's recommends that all women over the age of 40 should have an annual mammogram screening, and women 35 and younger or experiencing problems should talk to their doctor about getting one. While breast cancer fundraisers this month will contribute to the ongoing research in finding a cure, one of the best ways to fight breast cancer is still early detection through yearly mammograms.
"Early detection saves lives," John O'Neil, President and CEO of St. Vincent's Health System, said. "Mammograms are a critical component in fighting cancer and we are pleased to offer the special in an effort to get more women screened."
The reduced mammograms will be available at St. Vincent's Birmingham (205-939-7003), St. Vincent's Blount (205-274-3344), St. Vincent's East (205-838-3134), St. Vincent's One Nineteen (205-408-6450) and St. Vincent's St. Clair (205-814-2124) by appointment.