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For Immediate Release – April 10, 2007
Contact – Dan Branyon, 725-4134

dbranyon@selfregional.org


Breast Health Screening Clinic April 21

       GREENWOOD—Having lost a mother to breast cancer and a sister to colon cancer, Ruby Hill understands the importance of regular health screenings more than most. Last spring, a free breast screening clinic offered by Self Regional Healthcare’s Breast Health Program and Community Outreach Services added an exclamation mark to that for the Greenwood resident and part-time convenience store clerk. “Cancer and high blood pressure run in my family, so I try to have a screening done annually,” Mrs. Hill said. “I don’t have health insurance to help pay for things like this, so I try to watch for these free screenings. ”When she attended the free breast health screening offered last April through the American Cancer Society’s Best Chance Network, clinicians found a small, unidentified mass. Upon more tests in the mammography unit at Self Regional Healthcare’s Outpatient Imaging Center, it was determined the mass was benign.
“I thank God that everything was all right,” Mrs. Hill said. “I’m just glad I had it done so I can know. It’s reassuring to my husband, my three daughters, seven grands and to my great-grand. ”On Saturday, April 21, Community Outreach Services and the Breast Health Program of Self Regional will again team up for a free Breast Health Screening Clinic. The screening will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Montgomery Center for Family Medicine, located at 155 Academy Street across from Self Regional Medical Center. “The screening will include clinical breast examinations by physicians and certified registered nurses, mammogram referrals as needed and education on breast self-examination,” noted Doris Hancock, Breast Health Coordinator at Self Regional. Space will be limited, so interested parties should call Mrs. Hancock at 864-725-6004 for an appointment. Breast cancer, which along with skin cancer is the most common form of the disease among women, affects one out of every eight women. Almost 213,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed this year in the United States. The risk of breast cancer increases with age, according to Mrs. Hancock. About 77 percent of women with breast cancer are over age 50 when diagnosed. Breast cancer ranks as the number two cause of cancer deaths among women behind lung cancer. However, through early detection, most cases of breast cancer can be cured. Women in their 20s and 30s should perform a self-examination every month and have a clinical examination every three years. For women age 40 and above, the same holds true except clinical examinations should be every year and mammograms should be scheduled at least once a year.  “The mass they found during my screening did not turn out to be a problem,” Mrs. Hill said. “Still, I was glad to know. It makes me feel better for sure."