MMH Offers Free Mammograms

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Special to the Citizen

Madison, GA – October 11, 2016 –Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) is offering up to 30 free screening mammograms for women with no medical insurance.  The mammograms are being offered by the organization during the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Individuals interested in participating in the free mammogram program will need to contact one of the six local primary care physicians, Dr. Craig Benson, Dr. Eddie Cossio, Dr. Miky Cossio, Dr. David Fletcher, Dr. Pamela Hall, or Dr. Dan Zant, in order to obtain a physician’s order. 

Staff members at MMH perform nearly 1,000 mammograms annually.  MMH is certified by the American College of Radiologists.  The facility is certified by the American College of Radiologists and uses a fully digital system allowing for faster, more accurate results. 

“We appreciate our medical staff working with us to make sure that this critical screening is available to individuals who may not have access otherwise,” said Megan Morris, MMH Director of Development and Community Relations.  “Anytime we can work together to improve the health of our community, there’s a positive outcome for everyone.” 

As in the past, all patients having their mammogram done at MMH in October will receive a special gift and be eligible for drawings to be held at the end of the month. 

“By offering these incentives we are hoping to raise awareness and encourage more women to have this potentially life-saving screening done on a regular basis,” said Kaye Utley, MMH Imaging Department Manager. 

For questions concerning the free mammograms, or for further information regarding mammograms at MMH, individuals should contact Utley, at 706-752-2169.

Outside of certain types of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.   The American Cancer Society expects that 246,660 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2016.  While an estimated 40,450 breast cancer deaths are anticipated this year, the death rate has been dropping since 1989 as a results of earlier detection, increased awareness and improved treatment options. 

The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer in women of average risk.  Women ages 40-44 should have the choice to begin annual mammograms, women ages 45 to 54 should have an annual mammogram, and women ages 55 and older should have a mammogram every two years and be given the choice to have one annually. 

For More Information Contact:

Megan Morris

Director of Development and Community Relations

Morgan Memorial Hosp.

meganm@mmh.org

706-752-2237

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