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ASHLAND, Ky. – King’s Daughters Medical Center has received $71,415 in funding from the Columbus, Ohio, and Lexington, Ky., affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to provide free screening mammograms to women in eight eastern Kentucky and three southern Ohio counties.

The grant allows women who are age 40 and older and underinsured or uninsured and from Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence, Martin, Pike and Wolfe counties in Kentucky, and Jackson, Lawrence and Scioto counties in Ohio, to receive a free mammogram. A physician’s order is not required.

“Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer death for women in Kentucky and Ohio, and mammography screenings can be a lifesaver,” Debbie Miller, manager of KDMC Community Relations, said. “Women who live in many of the counties we serve have lower rates of mammography than areas outside the region, because of financial limitations.

“Fortunately, the Komen grant allows us to provide eligible women in the region King’s Daughters serves access to mammography services,” Miller said.

The Komen grant also provides limited funding for diagnostic and treatment services, Miller said. Women who are screened and need follow-up services for abnormal results are referred to healthcare providers and informed about additional testing. For additional information or to learn more about eligibility for a Komen-sponsored mammogram, please call 1.888.377.KDMC (5362).

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