In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Community Hospital Anderson will sell $55 discounted screening mammograms and $75 discounted 3D screening mammograms throughout the month of October to promote early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Community's Women’s Center has recently introduced 3D mammography and is the only hospital in the county to offer it. This new technology allows the doctor to examine breast tissue layer by layer. So instead of viewing all of the breasts' complexities in a flat image, fine details are more visible. Research has shown that the 3D mammography detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positive tests by up to 40%.
"Mammography is the best screening tool to detect breast cancer. It can find cancers at an early stage, when they are small and most responsive to treatment," says Valarie Godfrey, Community Anderson Women's Center manager.
Women over the age of 35 who have not had a mammogram in the last twelve months are eligible to purchase either mammogram. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, who have had breast implants, known breast cancer or who currently have breast symptoms are not eligible to have a screening mammogram through this program.
Women not meeting program guidelines are encouraged to check with their insurance representatives on their policies regarding coverage of screening and diagnostic mammograms.
The discounted cost includes the hospital charge and reading of the mammogram by Community's board certified radiologists. Results of the screenings will be sent to each woman as well as her physician. The purchase of these mammograms is not reimbursable by insurance.
The gift certificates may be purchased throughout the month of October at one of the following locations: Community Anderson cashier, located in the lower level of the 1601 Building, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; The Comfort Shoppe at Community Anderson, located in the hospital's outpatient lobby, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.; or call 800-777-7775 to purchase over the phone with a credit card. Certificates purchased at Community Hospital Anderson never expire and can be transferred to another person.
Community Anderson is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) to offer mammography services. The Women's Center has dedicated digital mammography equipment, used only for mammography, and technologists and radiologists who are specially trained in mammography. For more information about purchasing the mammogram certificates, call 765-298-1617.