Free health screenings detect major killers of women.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United
Breast cancer is 95 percent curable when detected in the
Diabetes is a major killer on its own and also a major risk
factor for stroke and heart attack.
Those statistics are important to Santa Clarita Valley women
who don’t have access to routine health examinations because they have no
health insurance or their insurance doesn’t cover such services. Those women
can receive a free health screening at the seventh annual Healthy Woman’s Day
Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Boys and Girls Club in Canyon Country.
The event is sponsored by Zonta Club of SCV in conjunction
with the Samuel Dixon
Family Health Center.
The screening will include a breast examination, screening
for blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes, and a heart risk assessment. A
free mammogram is available on site if warranted, and women who need follow-up
care will be directed to services that are affordable.
The Samuel Dixon
Center estimates that as many as 25
percent of local women do not have health care insurance to cover routine
check-ups, and many let their own health go while caring for their families.
Healthy Woman’s Day is directed to all women who lack health care coverage, not
just low income families. A number of women who are self-employed or working
part-time do not receive regular check-ups because they have no medical
insurance or only major medical, which does not cover routine screenings.
Women interested in participating can call (661) 257-2339,
Ext. 302 or 303, for appointments. Walk-in screenings are available on Oct. 25,
but walk-in patients may encounter delays while patients with appointments are
The local Zonta Club created Healthy Women’s Day as part of
its mission statement to improve the status of women worldwide. Zonta
International is involved in a number of women’s health issues around the
Healthy Woman’s Day co-chairs Amira Mendias and Christine
Sexton are hoping to serve up to 200 local women at this year’s event.