"That is super important," he said. "High-risk women, anyone who has a relative with breast cancer, we'd like to start their screening 10 years prior to the age of diagnosis of the relative, so if the relative was diagnosed at, say, 43, we'd like the screening to start at 33."
Manahan says that the earlier any cancer, but especially breast cancer, is caught, the better the prognosis.
But Manahan says lack of insurance may deter women from getting mammograms.
According to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, 22 percent of
"The state has a special license plate to support breast cancer awareness," said
Dent says the grant the partnership received will go exclusively to screenings for uninsured women.
"We will do screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms," he said. "If there's an ultrasound needed, we will do that. And if a biopsy is needed, we will do that."
If the tests detect cancer, the women will be eligible for the Georgia Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.
"Hamilton is happy to be working with the
Women interested in seeing if they qualify for the program should call
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