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BREAST CANCER
“Just for Women” and those who care about them!

This is Breast Cancer Awareness month and also the month of my birthday, so my gift to myself is a health screening and mammogram. “I am worth it!”

I had a concern that because mammograms are not available in Grantsville that there might be a tendency to put off getting checked because, “It is not convenient at this time.”

I decided to tell you exactly how to make the arrangements. I did it myself last week, so this is first hand knowledge.

Call Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, 354-9244, and make an appointment for an annual health screening. The appointment will be at the annex building, located at the former Minnie Hamilton clinic.

The office staff there will help determine eligibility for any free programs. Many clients will meet the requirements. The staff is knowledgeable about the guidelines for different programs that are available.

You will be examined by a qualified health care professional. There are female personnel available for this service. You will receive a pelvic exam, clinical breast exam, breast self exam training, and a Pap smear during your appointment. A referral for a mammogram is also provided, usually in Parkersburg, Charleston, Spencer, or any site of patient’s choice.

There is also assistance available for those who need transportation to the mammogram appointment.

The personnel at the health center are very caring. Patients are made to feel special. Screenings are private and confidential.

I have been a part of the Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Program for over 10 years. This care is an obsession for me. My mother, three sisters, and at least two maternal aunts all died of breast cancer. This is something I can do for my descendants. Knowledge is one of the most important weapons against this disease.

Don’t stick your head in the sand! Be informed about your own health!

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