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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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Breast Cancer Walk proceeds fund free mammograms for uninsured women from Charlevoix County

(November 19, 2007) Free mammogram appointments are available on Wednesday, November 28 for uninsured women ages 40 to 64 who live in Charlevoix County, thanks to a grant to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan from the Sue DeYoung/Judy Edger Memorial Breast Cancer Walk. The women’s cancer screening also includes clinical breast exam and pelvic exam with Pap test conducted by a Health Department nurse practitioner. Space is limited and appointments are required.

“Mammograms are probably the most important tool health care professionals have to help diagnose breast cancer,” said Teresa Sington, who coordinates the Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. “Although mammograms do not prevent cancer, they can help save lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible.”

“We are so grateful to community groups like the Sue DeYoung/Judy Edger Memorial Breast Cancer Walk who support us in helping women get their annual mammogram and Pap smear,” Sington said. “We screen about 600 uninsured women per year in our four-county health district and we’ve identified several cancers in the early stages, when they are less complicated—and less expensive—to treat.”

The November 28 clinic is also sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Charlevoix Area Hospital.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information about free mammograms, or to schedule an appointment, call the Health Department at 800-432-4121.


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