ALBANY, GA (WALB) - During the entire month of May, Phoebe's Carlton Breast Health Center will be offering free mammograms in honor of women's health.
The center will be offering up to 150 free 3D mammogram screenings to women who are uninsured.
Manager Linda Whitten said the event is important because they see over 1,000 patients a month and find over 200 new breast cancers every year.
“Ladies get your screening mammograms. Starting at age 40, we recommend the guidelines we follow to come every year and get your mammogram,” said Whitten.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women and Whitten said catching it early is what they want to do.
“We want to catch it early. If we catch it early there is so much more that we can do to help the patients,” said Whitten.
Whitten said screenings usually start at the age of 40, but if breast cancer runs in your family, you may be screened earlier.
“If you do have a first line relative, a mother with breast cancer, a lot of times they will start those 10 years earlier. Say your mother had breast cancer at 40, your doctor would recommend you have your first mammogram at 30,” said Whitten.
Whitten encourages everyone to keep a good check on their health.
“You need to do your self breast examines and get familiar with your own body and you, better than anybody, knows if there is a change. If you did, you would of course address that with your physician, but until the age that we do need to start doing mammograms, just keep a good check on yourself," said Whitten.
To be considered for one of the free breast tomosynthesis screenings, each applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Not had a mammogram in the last 12 months
- Over the age of 40
- Not experiencing any breast problems, (if you are experiencing breast problems, contact your doctor immediately)
- Not pregnant
- Live in one of the following counties: Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Crisp, Dougherty, Early, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Sumter, Terrell, Tift, Turner and Worth
- Must have a primary care physician to which results will be reported
To schedule an appointment, call the Phoebe Patient Contact Center at (229) 312-4800.