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Free mammograms available next month

First Posted: 3:16 am - September 5th, 2015

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BENNETTSVILLE — Marlboro County women can schedule appointments now for screening mammograms provided by the McLeod Health Mobile Mammography Unit next month.

The mobile unit will be stationed at Walmart, 1250 Bennettsville Square off S.C. 9 West, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21. Women who meet the income guidelines below can receive a scholarship to cover the cost of their screening mammogram.

For many women in the region, access to a screening mammogram is being improved by the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit, which each week travels to businesses, industries, health care facilities and health fairs. The unit provides a convenient, comfortable and private setting in which women can undergo a screening mammogram (an X-ray of the breast used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs or symptoms of breast cancer).

To be eligible for a free mammogram on the unit, you must meet the following criteria:

• Between the ages of 40-64 and meet these income guidelines:

Family size — annual income

1 — $22,980 or less

2 — $31,020 or less

3 — $39,060 or less

4 — $47,100 or less

Note: Add $8,040 for each additional family member.

• Must be a resident of Marlboro County.

• Must not have insurance or have insurance that only covers hospital care.

• Must have an order and a referring provider (MD, DO, PA, NP) to send the results to.

• Must not have breast implants.

• Must not have had a screening mammogram performed in the past 12 months.

• Must not have any current breast problems such as lumps, discharge or swelling.

• Must not be pregnant, and must not have nursed within the past three months.

• Must not have been diagnosed with breast cancer within the past five years.

Women are asked to bring a government-issued picture ID to their appointments. Appointments typically last 15-20 minutes and must be scheduled in advance. Space is limited.

To schedule an appointment, contact McLeod Reservations and Scheduling at 843-777-2095.

McLeod Mammography Scholarships, which pay for the free screenings, are funded through gifts to the McLeod Health Foundation.

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