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'Mammothon' exceeded its goal, plans to hold more 'drop-in' times

Posted May 8, 2014

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 program."

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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