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Startling Statistics Encourage Women to Get Screened

10/03/2013

October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the perfect time to schedule an appointment for a breast cancer screening. The American Cancer Society (ACS) predicts that by the end of 2013, more than 3,600 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Louisiana. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC is offering free breast cancer screenings during October to help increase survival rates through early detection. Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in women, according to ACS, but with early detection that statistic has been steadily decreasing since 1989.

Not only does early detection save lives, but it provides patients with a wider range of treatment options. Screenings are recommended for women 40 years and older and women with increased risks of breast cancer. Risk factors include: 

Being overweight or obese
Physical inactivity
Alcohol consumption                      
Menopausal hormone therapy

The following breast cancer screenings are being offered during October:

Saturday – October 26 {Appointment Required} 
Walmart - 4858 Highway 1, Raceland
9 – 11 a.m. & 12 – 2 p.m.

Tuesday – October 29 {Appointment Required}
Rouses,   9465 E. Park Ave. Houma
9 – 11 a.m. & 12 – 2 p.m.

For more information, please call visit www.marybird.org/TGMC or call (888) 616-4687.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC provides the full spectrum of cancer care, from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship for those in the Bayou Region. Its services include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, as well as patient navigation, clinical trials and free community screenings. The Center is nationally accredited with commendation and recognized for excellence in cancer care by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.  

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For more information please call

985-873-4141