Open Door Health Center will host a breast cancer screening event early next month.

Lisa Proehl is the center’s coordinator for the state’s cancer screening program Sage, and said ODHC has helped about 3,200 women receive free wellness exams through the program.

“Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among American women; in 2015, over 4,000 women in Minnesota were diagnosed with breast cancer,” she explained.

The CDC says that women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram once a year, and Proehl said there is good reason for that. “One of the most important factors in influencing breast cancer outcomes is early detection,” she said.

The screenings, which include a breast exam as well as a mammogram, will be available to women ages 40 and over who are due or overdue for these services.

Proehl said there are some income and household guidelines for eligibility, and she recommended that patients call to make an appointment and to determine whether they are eligible. Walk-in services will be limited.

The May Day Mamo Party is on May 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Open Door is also hosting the same event the following day in the Austin-Albert Lea area.