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 Kentucky counties.
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.
“Unfortunately, the lack of availability of mammography services influences whether or not women seek this lifesaving preventive measure. Many of our market-area counties generally have lower rates of mammography screening than areas outside the region,” said Debbie Miller, 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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