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ASHLAND, Ky. – The best way to detect breast cancer early is to get screened. In fact, when breast cancer is found early and confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. Because it is so important to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, King’s Daughters Medical Center no longer requires a physician order for screening mammography.

“Our goal is to make it possible for women to get the screening exam they need with as little hassle as possible,” said Debbie Miller, Community Relations Manager for King’s Daughters. “Many women told us the physician order requirement made it difficult – if not impossible – for them to follow recommended screening guidelines.”

A physician order is required for diagnostic exams: those ordered in follow-up to an abnormal screening, she noted.

King’s Daughters provides mammography services at the Breast Care Center, located in the Center for Advanced Imaging, 2225 Central Ave., Ashland, and throughout the region with its extensive mobile mammography program.

“We’re committed to making early detection, prevention and treatment of breast cancer accessible to all,” Miller said, “and we’re pleased to partner with others to provide mobile mammography.”

All tests are performed by specially trained mammography technologists using digital equipment, which results in less radiation exposure. Mobile mammography appointments are available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call (606) 408-2742 or toll free 1-877-304-1935.

KDMC’s Mobile Mammography Unit will visit the following locations in March:
  • Grayson, Ky. – King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, 609 N. Carol Malone Blvd.; Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3.
  • Olive Hill, Ky. – King’s Daughters Family Care Center, 391 W. Tom T. Hall Blvd.; Friday, April 6.
  • Proctorville, Ohio – King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, 6276 State Route 107; Monday, April 9.
  • Jackson, Ohio – King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, 14395 State Route 93; Tuesday, April 10.
  • Inez, Ky. – Office of Lon Lafferty, M.D., State Route 40 E. Blacklog; Wednesday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 24.
  • Sandy Hook, Ky. – King’s Daughters Family Care Center, State Route 7 and 32; Friday, April 13.
  • Wheelersburg, Ohio – King’s Daughters Family Care Center, 8750 Ohio River Road; Monday, April 16.
  • Ironton, Ohio – King’s Daughters Family Care Center, 912 Park Ave.; Tuesday, April 17.
  • South Shore, Ky. – PrimaryPlus, U.S. 23; Thursday, April 19
  • Flatwoods, Ky. – King’s Daughters Family Care Center, 1107 Bellefonte Road; Friday, April 20.
  • Portsmouth, Ohio – King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, 2001 Scioto Trail; Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26.
  • Pikeville, Ky. – King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, 5425 N. Mayo Trail, Suite 202; Monday, April 30.

Many insurance companies cover the entire cost of mammography; check with your insurance provider.
King’s Daughters provides a limited number of free mammograms to uninsured/underinsured women through grant funding provided by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information, please call 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).

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