Low income clients get free mammogram screening at Public Health Dept.

LEWISTON, ID - Idaho is ranked 50th in the nation when it comes to breast cancer screening rates, a startling statistic Idaho public health is hoping to change.

Mammograms are proven to detect cancer early, however Idaho screening rates are nearly 12% below average. Idaho Public Health Promotion Coordinator Heidi Henson said it doesn't need to be that way, as women throughout Idaho may qualify for a free breast and cervical screening without even knowing it.

"It wont prevent the breast cancer but it will find it very, very early," said Henson. "So we're looking for those women who may not of had a mammogram because they don't have health insurance, or don't know where to go, may have low income. So we're really just trying to get the word out about the importance of screening."

In order to spread the word, Idaho public health is looking for businesses and volunteers to wear a button or apron that says "Ask me about a mammogram" so when customers or clients ask, that person can hand out a card with screening information.