Don’t Count On Luck: Get A Mammogram

During the month of March many will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. When it comes to your health, relying on luck is not a good idea. Getting screening tests is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Screenings are medical test that doctors can use to check for diseases before there are any symptoms. Screenings help find diseases early when they may be easier to treat. Some tests have been shown both to find cancer early and to lower the chance of dying from the disease. Public health officials with the Harnett County Health Department are working to provide access to mobile mammography screenings.

A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early. When it comes to breast cancer, all women are at risk. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Health Department provides access to mobile mammography screenings each month at the Governmental Complex located in Lillington through a partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings are scheduled March 15 and April 25. Registration is required.

For women without health insurance, funding assistance is available for those who meet specific criteria.

For more information or an application, visit www.harnett. org/health or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.



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