South Texas Health System invites the community to celebrate the fourth annual “Cinco de Mammo” through May 5, 2017. Cinco de Mammo is a special week for breast health awareness just for muchachas.

Ladies, bring your mom, your sister, your friends or co-workers, and get your mammograms, which is the single most important factor in detecting breast cancer early.

During this week, digital screening mammograms are offered at a special discounted price of only $55, and ladies can take advantage of extended hours and a festive atmosphere. Mexican food, treats, and aguas frescas will be served at four South Texas Health System locations in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo. The low price helps women without insurance or those with high-deductible plans to get a screening mammogram. The price even includes the radiologist interpretation of the exam, which is typically billed separately.

The Cinco De Mammo promotion is offered at four South Texas Health System facilities: McAllen Medical Center, Edinburg Regional Medical Center, the STHS ER at Weslaco and the STHS ER at Mission. Extended hours at each of the locations accommodate women’s busy schedules. Appointments are available 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. through Friday, May 1 through May 5. The radiology departments are able to accommodate walk-ins; however, pre-registration is highly encouraged to save time. Pre-registration is as simple as filling out a short form online at www.CincoDeMammo.com or calling 956-388-2190.

South Texas Health System facilities do not require a doctor’s order for a screening mammogram for a woman 40 years or older, but women must provide the name of a primary care physician who will receive the results of the exam. Diagnostic mammograms are not covered under this promotion. Anyone (including men) who has had symptoms such as lumps or discharge or has had a symptomatic mammogram will require a diagnostic mammogram. Some women with dense breasts may also require a more comprehensive imaging.

Annual mammograms can be useful tools, but knowing when it’s time to get one depends on risk, which is determined by factors such as family history and age. Women over the age of 30 with a family history of breast cancer or specific genes tied to increased risks of developing breast cancer should speak to their physician about getting a mammogram. Women aged 30-39 will be required to present a doctor’s order to make an appointment.

Visit www.CincoDeMammo.com or call our centralized pre-registration at 956-388-2190. Get social with us by sharing your experiences, breast cancer awareness messages and photos with the community by using the hashtag #CincoDeMammo.