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O'Hana Mammography Center Improves Screening Rates

YAKIMA, Wash. - A new report by the Centers for Disease Control shows fewer women are getting mammograms, but Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is trying to change that locally.

They opened O'Hana, a mammography center, in September.  They're now able to screen 80 to 90 women a day, because O'Hana has more rooms and staff devoted to screenings than the hospital used to.

Most insurance companies cover mammograms, just check with your provider.  If you don't have insurance, O'Hana staff will work with you to find a program that'll help pay for it, or you can set up a payment plan.  A screening costs about $160.

The National Cancer Institute reports more than 178,000 women across the U.S. have already been diagnosed with breast cancer this year.