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Guest Writer: Michele Mooney
In southern Ohio, where breast cancer screening rates are low and the number of underinsured and uninsured is high, the Pink Ribbon Initiative brings mobile mammography services to women in Jackson, Lawrence and Scioto counties. With support from Komen Columbus, King’s Daughter’s Medical Center’s Pink Ribbon Initiative has extended mobile services further into this rural Appalachian area allowing them to offer their services to more women..
“We are different because we take our mammography services on the road to reach people where they feel comfortable – where they worship, shop, work. It is also important to note that our mobile mammography unit is equipped with the same digital technology as our Imaging Center at the medical center,” said Debbie Miller, program director.
To reach more women in its service area, KDMC launched the Pink Ribbon Initiative which focuses on women 40 years and older who have never or rarely had a mammogram.
KDMC hosts mobile mammography visits in each of the designated counties. Each visit includes education on the risk factors for breast cancer and how to perform self-breast exam using models as teaching tools as well as screening mammography services. Mobile mammography services are offered in Jackson, Lawrence and Scioto counties where mortality rates are high and screening mammography rates are low.
According to Miller, participants receive a pink gift as a reminder to do their monthly breast self-exam. Women with abnormal screening results will be provided diagnostic and follow-up services.
“Once these women are in the KDMC mammography system, they will be reminded annually to schedule their mammogram and informed of mobile mammography screenings available,” said Miller. “Those diagnosed with breast cancer are assisted by a breast health nurse navigator who provides education and support for patients and their families throughout their diagnosis and treatment thereby improving the patient’s chances of a successful outcome.”
Miller says that each year, more women in southeastern Ohio are taking advantage of the breast cancer screenings and educational services KDMC is able to offer and support from Komen Columbus is vital to enabling them to continue to reach more underserved women.