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Washington Regional

Free Clinical Breast Exams

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. About 212,920 women in the United States will be found to have invasive breast cancer in 2006.
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 33. Breast cancer death rates are going down. This decline is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and improved treatment.

For over a decade, the No Excuses Breast Cancer Outreach Project of the Cancer Support Home has strived to identify and eliminate excuses women give for neglecting their breast health. Through this invaluable project, the Cancer Support Home has served thousands of women in need throughout Northwest Arkansas. No Excuses has the vision to: educate women about breast health at every age, provide breast screening and imaging services to women in need, and provide emotional support to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. We are especially proud to offer our services during the month that celebrates breast cancer awareness and education.

Saturday, October 7- FREE Clinical Breast Exams the Fayetteville Home from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The examinations are offered at no cost to the public and are performed by physicians and registered nurse practitioners. Appointments are required.

This service is offered in an effort to stress the importance of early detection of breast cancer, and is made available through a grant received from the Susan G. Komen Ozark Race for the CureÒ.

Please note, this exam is a manual exam performed by a licensed practitioner. It is NOT a mammogram. However, follow-up mammography and imaging services for women without insurance coverage for mammography are also available through our program.

Thursday, October 12- The Breast Health Education Series will offer the October seminar, “Give Yourself a Hand,” which will include a detailed demonstration of the correct way to perform a monthly self-breast exam. The class is free of charge and is open to ALL women and will be led by Susan Earnest, RN. Earnest is the Breast Cancer Navigator for Washington Regional and has been trained by MammaCare in breast exam instruction. The class will be held at the Fayetteville Cancer Support Home at noon, and a light lunch will be served.

Participants may call the Cancer Support Home at 521-8024 for an appointment for one or both of these services. The Cancer Support Home, a service of Washington Regional, is located at 1101 N. Woolsey Avenue in Fayetteville.

Translation services can be provided if needed for Spanish-speaking women. We will need to know of the requirement at the time the appointment is made.

The Cancer Support Home, Washington Regional Medical Foundation and the Ozark Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Ozark Race for the Cure make the No Excuses project possible.

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