Ashland, Ky. – King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) has received funding from the Lexington, Ky., affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation to provide breast cancer education and free screening mammograms for women age 40 and older that are underinsured or uninsured in seven counties in Kentucky.
KDMC will host Pink Ladies Days in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence, Magoffin and Wolfe counties. Pink Ladies Days will feature screening mammography, breast cancer risk assessments, education on how to reduce your risk for breast cancer, and education about self-breast exam.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women in Kentucky. Early detection, through mammography and/or breast self-exam, is the most effective way to treat the disease before it metastasizes or spreads through the body. The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older have annual mammograms and do monthly breast self-exams. Women who have never or rarely been screened for breast cancer are at greater risk for late stage detection of breast cancer, which translates to higher mortality for these women.
“Lack of availability to mammography services has influence on whether women seek this lifesaving preventive measure or not. Appalachian counties generally have lower rates of mammography screening than areas outside the region,” said Regina Stout, director of KDMC Community Services.
Women participating in the project that need follow-up services for abnormal mammogram results will be referred to their healthcare providers and informed about the project’s ability to assist with further testing. For additional information or to see if you qualify for a free mammogram, please call 1.888.377.KDMC (5362).
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