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Free Breast Cancer Screening at UMC

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Updated: 10/10/2012 10:59 am
In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UMC will provide a free Breast Cancer Screening from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.

Please note, the screening will be inside the UMC Cast Clinic, 1000 Shadow Lane (northwest corner of Shadow Lane and West Charleston Boulevard).

The screening consists of a clinical breast exam and does not include a mammogram. Appointments are on a walk-in basis only.

A clinical breast exam is performed by a health care provider who manually checks breasts and underarm areas for any lumps or changes. Women should have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 39 and every year starting at 40. The American Cancer Society recommends an annual mammogram at 40 years old.

“In addition to clinical breast exams and mammograms, women should get to know their own bodies by performing a monthly breast self-exam,” said UMC Oncology Program Coordinator Doris Cowell. “This gives women an opportunity to inform their physicians of any breast changes throughout the year.”

A woman’s chances of surviving are better if the cancer is detected early, before it spreads to other parts of the body.

For more information on a recorded message, please call 702-207-8265.

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