A Women’s Health Screening Day will be held on the Penobscot Bay Medical Center campus on Friday, Oct. 22. The screenings will take place at the Women’s Health Building, located at 3 Glen Cove Drive, and at Pen Bay Women’s Imaging in the hospital’s radiology department.

The screening will include a clinical breast exam and Pap test performed by Pen Bay OB/GYN medical staff followed by a mammogram at Pen Bay Women’s Imaging. All tests are free and will be completed on the day of the appointment.

Screening services are funded by the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“These free screenings are for women who are between the ages of 40 to 64,” said Linda Zeigler, RNC, Women’s Health Educator at PBMC, in a press release. “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. 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.”

Pre-registration is required and must be completed by Oct. 15 to take advantage of this special screening day.

“We urge women to call early to enroll in this program. We expect that the available spots will fill up quickly,” said Zeigler. “There will be refreshments 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 Oct. 22, women can still call to enroll in the screening program and then make an appointment for a later date. Interested women can call 1-800-350-5180 and press 1 to see if they qualify and to schedule an appointment.