A Women’s Health Screening Day will be held on the Penobscot Bay Medical Center campus Friday, May 7. The screenings will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Women’s Health Building, located at 3 Glen Cove Drive in Rockport, and at the PBMC Radiology Department located in the hospital.

The screening will include a clinical breast exam and Pap test performed by Pen Bay Ob/Gyn medical staff followed by a mammogram at the hospital’s Radiology Department. All tests are free and will be completed on the day of the appointment. These free screenings are for women who are between the ages of 40 to 64.

“There are also income guidelines but they are very generous, so that shouldn’t be a stumbling block for anyone. If you are a woman in this age group who does not have health insurance or has insurance with high deductibles or insurance that does not cover the costs of such tests, this program is for you,” said Linda Zeigler, women’s health educator at PBMC.

Usually this kind of screening takes two visits — the clinical exam being one appointment and the mammogram another — but with this screening it all gets done in about one hour, Zeigler said.

Pre-registration is required and must be completed by Friday, April 30 to take advantage of the special screening day.

“We urge women to call early to enroll in this program. We expect that the available spots will fill up quickly,” Zeigler said. “There will be refreshments and a gift bag for each woman who participates in our special screening day. These screenings are so important for women because early detection of breast or cervical cancer can save your life.”

Although there are limited spots on May 7, women can still call to enroll in the screening program and then make an appointment for a later date. Women can call 800-350-5180 and press “1” to see if they qualify and to schedule an appointment. Screening services are funded by the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program of the Department of Health and Human Services.