May 9, 2002

This Mother's Day Encourage Women To Get A Mammogram

This Mother's Day, you can give a gift that might help save the life of your mom. Scotland County Memorial Hospital is encouraging everyone to express his or her love by adding a mammogram to your Mother's Day gift list.

SCMH has recently installed a state-of-the-art mammography system from Instrumentarium Imaging. This new unit is designed by a woman for women, utilizing comfortable and natural mobility at the same time allowing for a high quality mammogram.

Why is this gift important? The American Cancer Society estimates 4,000 women in Missouri will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002; about 800 will die from the disease. About one in eight American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. As a woman ages her risk increases; by the age of 50, one out of 53 women will develop breast cancer, and by age 70, the rate climbs to one in 13.

Often, people with breast cancer may not have symptoms (i.e., palpable lumps) right away. This is one reason why mammograms are so important. Mammograms can detect breast cancer before a woman or her doctor can feel a lump. According to the ACS, by finding breast cancer early, a woman's chances of survival reaches nearly 97 percent.

Every woman has some degree of risk for developing breast cancer. However, prime candidates for a yearly mammogram are women age over age 40 with one or more risk factors for breast cancer, such as a personal and family history of breast cancer.

Several options are available to help pay for the cost of mammograms. For women with Medicare who are age 40 and older, Medicare will pay for an annual mammogram, leaving only a 20 percent co-payment. For more information about Medicare coverage of mammograms, call 1-800-347-1016 or visit Medicare on the web at

Women who do not have health insurance should call the Missouri Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program at 1-800-4CANCER.

If you would like more information about breast cancer or mammograms, call the ACS at 1-800-227-2345 or visit their website at

To make your appointment for a mammogram contact the SCMH Radiology Department at 465-8511.

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