No-cost screening mammograms available
If you’re a woman who can easily list things you believe are more important than getting a mammogram, here’s something worth remembering: Mammograms take minutes; breast cancer takes lives.
The American Cancer Society reports that more than 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and more than 40,000 breast cancer deaths will occur in 2015.
Determined to save lives and end breast cancer forever, Susan G. Komen® Central Virginia Affiliate awarded nine organizations across the Commonwealth with grant funding. As a recipient of one of the nine awarded grants, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital has received funding which will provide 200 no-cost screenings mammograms.
Who can participate?
Individuals who are eligible to receive a no-cost screening mammogram are women in Halifax County who are between 40 and 64 years of age and who would otherwise not be able to afford this life-saving health screening. The Komen grant funds screenings through age 64 because Medicare then picks up the cost of mammograms for women once they reach 65 years old.
Call 434-517-3932 to make an appointment. The program coordinator will help fill out a simple registration form, and assist in making the actual appointment.
What to expect
Mammograms are X-ray pictures of the breast and the procedure for having a mammogram is simple. The radiology department at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital has state-of-the-art equipment to perform the test.
A radiology technician will guide each woman through the procedure, which normally takes less than 30 minutes from front-desk registration to finish. There is no blood. There is perhaps momentary discomfort- but that fades immediately. A caring healthcare provider can answer questions during the procedure.
The screening is reviewed by a radiologist, and the results are shared with the patient by mail. Any needed follow-up can be organized with the help of the program coordinator. Other grant-funded programs are available which may covers the cost of further diagnostics and treatment if necessary.
Importance of screenings
Breast cancer knows no boundaries, be it age, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Women may find excuses for many other things, but when it comes to breast health, no excuse will do. Mammograms are the most effective way to find breast cancer early, when treatment is likely to be most successful.
Call 434-517-3932 to make an appointment for a Komen-funded mammogram. The number of screenings is limited to 200, so please don’t delay in making your appointment. This simple measure of preventive health care can save your life.