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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Medical Center, Navicent Health continues to paint the town pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In effort to detect cancer early, Navicent took walk-in patients for breast cancer screenings all day, Tuesday.
“Screening mammograms is going to be the best tool for early detection for breast cancer. Early detection means better treatment and better outcomes for our patients,” Lead mammogram technician at Navicent Latasha Hill said.
Nurse manager Christa Lloyd says there’s two main factors women don’t get their mammograms.
“Cost, but we do have available grant funding costs today,” Lloyd said.
With a quick income based assessment, that’ll decide if you qualify.
“They qualify for grant assistance based on their household income so don’t let that be a determining factor in not coming to get your mammogram. We want to be here to help you. We want to partner with the patients and the community,” Lloyd said.
Another common hurdle Lloyd comes across is patients not having a primary care doctor.
“The patients sometimes say, ‘well I don’t have a primary care physician so I can’t get a mammogram.’ That’s not true,” Lloyd said.
Physicians stood by at the clinic waiting to answer patient’s questions.
“If there is something that comes back on the screening mammogram we need to follow-up, we have a team here ready to stand by and we’ll make sure that we tailor to a plan to suit the patient’s individual needs,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd says women should start getting tested at 40-years old.
“The importance is, you got to be screened because if we can screen, we can save your life,” Lloyd said.
According to Lloyd, if you have a family history of breast cancer, to start getting screened earlier than 40. She recommends about 30-35-years old.>