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GRHealth offers Saturday mammograms through October

Finding the time for a mammogram can be challenging for busy women. However, a weekend mammogram might be your answer.

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Breast Health Center at Georgia Regents Medical Center is offering patients a chance to schedule a mammogram for any Saturday in October between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. by calling 706-721-9729 (XRAY).

The Breast Health Center at Georgia Regents is an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and the only center in the area using 3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, which has been shown to improve cancer detection and reduce false-positive results. In addition, the Center, which performs more than 6,000 mammograms each year, was recognized by Health Imaging magazine in 2013 with a Patient-centric Imaging Award.

Recently, the American College of Surgeons also granted a three-year full accreditation to the Breast Health Center through its National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers for quality care. To earn NAPBC accreditation, a center must demonstrate proficiency in leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.  In essence, this represents a firm commitment to offer patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent. The American Cancer Society recommends an annual mammogram paired with a clinical breast exam for women 40 and older.

Breast Health Center is located on the first floor of the Medical Center at 1120 15th St. To schedule an appointment, call 706-721-9729 or visit visit www.grhealth.org/breasthealth.

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