Local clinic sees increase in women scheduling mammograms


SHUBUTA, Mississippi (WTOK) – Outreach Health Services in Shubuta, Mississippi, said they were seeing an increase in the number of women scheduling their annual mammograms. It comes after many postponed their dates during the height of the pandemic.

According to the World Health Organization website, 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 685,000 deaths worldwide in 2020.

Outreach Health Services, it is necessary to have a mammogram once a year when women reach the age of 40.

They said people can start earlier if they have a family history of breast cancer.

Newscenter 11 spoke with a nurse who said every day is breast cancer awareness, not just October as women are expected to take daily self-exams.

The nurse said she was happy to see more women making appointments.

“Early detection is the best prevention. Mammograms are a preventative screening service, so if you check your breast every month or every time you check your breast and find something abnormal, don’t sit around and wait to see if it’s okay. to leave, you just have to go to the office and see your primary care provider, ”said Shanika Boyd, Outreach Nurse Practitioner.

Boyd said there are plenty of opportunities to get checked out, and talking with others can help women feel more comfortable scheduling dates.

“We are partnering with the Mississippi State Department of Health with their program called Breast Cancer and Cervical Prevention, which allows patients or women aged 50 and over who do not have insurance to qualify for free mammograms. So I think it’s better to take advantage of the free services, ”Boyd said.

Visit https://www.outreachhs.org/ to learn more about their mobile and health services.

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