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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.

KDMC’s Mobile Mammography Unit will visit the following locations in June: 

Olive Hill, Ky. – King’s Daughters Family Care Center, 391 W. Tom T. Hall Blvd.; Friday, June 1.

Wheelersburg, Ohio – King’s Daughters Family Care Center, 8750 Ohio River Road; Monday, June 4 and Monday, June 18.

Grayson, Ky. – King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, 609 N. Carol Malone Blvd.; Tuesday, June 5.

Cannonsburg, Ky. – King’s Daughters Family Care Center – Cedar Knoll, 10650 U.S. 60, Ashland; Friday, June 8.

Sandy Hook, Ky. – King’s Daughters Family Care Center, State Routes 7 and 32; Monday, June 11.

Jackson, Ohio – King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, 14395 State Route 93; Tuesday, June 12.

Inez, Ky. – Office of Lon Lafferty, M.D., State Route 40 E. Blacklog; Wednesday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 26.

Flatwoods, Ky. – King’s Daughters Family Care Center, 1107 Bellefonte Road; Friday, June 15.

Ironton, Ohio – King’s Daughters Family Care Center, 912 Park Ave.; Wednesday, June 20.

South Shore, Ky. – PrimaryPlus, U.S. 23; Thursday, June 21.

Portsmouth, Ohio – King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, 2001 Scioto Trail; Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28.

Burlington/South Point, Ohio – King’s Daughters Family Care Center - Burlington, 308 County Road 120 South, South Point; Friday, June 29.

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.

“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.”

Many insurance companies cover the entire cost of mammography; check with your insurance provider. 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.

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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