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'Mammothon' exceeded its goal, plans to hold more 'drop-in'
Posted May 8,
Stevenson Memorial Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department's
"mammothon" yesterday, provided 41 women with mammograms, 11 more than
its hoped for goal.
"We did not hit our target of 30 women. We blew it away!" Jeff
Kerk, Manager of Diagnostic Imaging at SMH, said via email this morning.
"Some hadn't been for years, while others were "new" comers to the
The "Mammogram Marathon" was taking place simultaneously
yesterday at six Ontario Breast Screening Program sites and their
community partners in the Central Region, offering no appointment
necessary mammograms over a 10 hour period.
"We tackled two barriers that stop women from getting screened
- overcoming one's fear of getting a mammogram and time restraints. In
the near future we will reserve some time during our weekday and
Saturday appointments for "drop-in" clients. It is clear that our
community wants to see drop-in appointments," said Mr. Kerk. "The
statistics say that only sixty-one percent of Ontario women aged 50 to
74 have been screened for breast cancer with mammography. So while the
Mammothon was a success, thirty-nine percent of women have not been
screened for breast cancer and should."
To make an appointment or
learn more about the new drop-in hours call 705-434-5133.
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