SGMC Hosts Free Clinical Breast Screenings

| October 2, 2015

South Georgia Medical Center

VALDOSTA – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and South Georgia Medical Center is providing two free breast cancer screenings during the month of October. On October 15th, the screening will be held at SGMC’s Pearlman Cancer Center. On October 29th, the screening will be held at SGMC’s Health Care South clinic on Griffin Avenue. Both screenings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 229-433-1074 for registration information.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Early detection through screenings such as these can have a lifesaving impact on your health. It’s your life, no one can protect it better than you! Get screened!

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