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'Show Yourself Some Love'

Friday, January 25, 2013

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Jenny Dugan, Mercy Hospital radiology technologist, stands in front of a mammography machine. The hospital will be offering mammograms Feb. 13 in advance of Valentine's Day, giving women the chance to "Show Themselves Some Love."
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Nearly 80 percent of health care decisions in America are made by women, yet most of those decision are made with someone else in mind.

"Women tend to be caregivers for everyone but themselves," said Becky Williams, Mercy Hospital's director of imaging services. "Consider the time women spend caring for the people they love and care about; their children, husbands, parents, grandparents and all the needs surrounding them. Often this leaves little time to tend to their health care needs."

In an effort to ensure women to get their annual mammogram, Mercy Hospital Fort Scott invites women to "Show Yourself Some Love this Valentine's Day," a news release said.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, women may take advantage of a full-day of walk-in mammogram screenings; no appointment is necessary.

"The success behind Mercy's previous 'Mammogram Manias' is we offer women convenient, walk-in mammograms. On Feb. 13, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., our staff will be ready to screen women who have not had an opportunity to schedule an appointment in the last 12 months, Williams said.

"Insurance allows women to receive a mammogram once every 365 days, so if a woman has not had a mammogram within a year's time-frame, we encourage them to do so," she added. "Early detection of breast cancer is vital, so get your annual mammogram on Feb. 13, or schedule an appointment soon."

More than 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year in the U.S., the release said.

Women who wish to take advantage of a walk-in mammogram Feb. 13 should sign up at Mercy Hospital's main registration desk. Present a copy of your insurance card, if applicable.

No prescription is necessary if the woman's primary care physician is Mercy integrated. Women should be advised that if they are experiencing any breast discomfort or problems, clinical follow-up with your physician is recommended prior to the mammogram screening. Women are also asked to refrain from wearing deodorant or powder the day of their mammogram.

Diagnostic mammograms are not included in the walk-in service during the Feb. 13 event.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day, as well as free heel scans for bone density, educational materials, giveaways and more. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (620) 223-7015.



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