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Published on December 14, 2005

GHS Offers Free Mammogram Screenings for Uninsured Women

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Georgetown, SC - The Georgetown Hospital System Foundation has received an additional grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for free mammograms. This project called Circle and Cross II targets patients between the ages of 18 and 46 who are uninsured, and are at high-risk for breast cancer or have noticed abnormalities during self-breast exams. High-risk patients include those women who have a history of breast cancer in their immediate family – mother, sister, and maternal grandmother.

To secure a free mammogram through this project, women between the ages of 18 and 46 need to visit their regular physician for a clinical exam. If the physician determines that a mammogram is needed after the exam, he/she will write the order to have the mammogram performed at either Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet or at Georgetown Memorial Hospital in Georgetown. The mammogram must be scheduled over the next six months to qualify for assistance. For those that do not have a physician, Smith Medical Clinic in Pawleys Island offers clinical exams and referrals for mammograms if warranted.

Uninsured women at ages 47-64 may be covered under Best Chance Network, another cancer detection program funded through the Center for Disease Control. For more information about the Circle and Cross II program through the Georgetown Hospital System Foundation, please call 843.651.3425.

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