HRMC promotes breast health with ‘pink ribbon special’

Members of the Harton Regional Medical Center Breast Center team are, from left, Jennifer Prater, RT (R)(M); Rachel Teal, RDMS; Joel S. Birdwell, M.D., radiologist, HRMC Breast Center medical director and Medical Imag-ing Consultants, P.C. – Tullahoma; Margaret Downs, RT (M); and Samantha McCormick, RT student. — Photo Provided

This October, Harton Regional Medical Center’s Breast Center and Medical Imaging Consultants, P.C. – Tullahoma are promoting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a “pink ribbon special.”

Those scheduling a digital screening mammogram during the month of October will receive, along with door prizes and special gifts, the Pink Ribbon Special pricing of $75.

Approximately 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early. The

Members of the Harton Regional Medical Center Breast Center team are, from left, Jennifer Prater, RT (R)(M); Rachel Teal, RDMS; Joel S. Birdwell, M.D., radiologist, HRMC Breast Center medical director and Medical Imag-ing Consultants, P.C. – Tullahoma; Margaret Downs, RT (M); and Samantha McCormick, RT student.

— Photo Provided

recommendation is for women at age 35 to talk with their physician about when to begin screening; women ages 50 to 74 should get screening mammograms every one to two years. It is important for women to talk with their physicians about their risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer.

“In addition to raising awareness about the importance of screening mammograms with the Pink Ribbon Special,” said Joel S. Birdwell, M.D., medical director of the HRMC Breast Center, “we want to provide an affordable avenue to encourage the uninsured women who fall into the age parameters to schedule and receive a screening mammogram.”

Although it is important to talk with your physician about your specific needs, a physician’s order is not required to schedule a screening mammogram. The report, however, must be sent to your physician.

To schedule a screening mammogram, call 931-461-4800. To learn more about this and other Harton Regional Medical Center health promotions, visit their web site at hartonmedicalcenter.com.

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