FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Rebecca Sylvester at 706/828-2394.
Record Numbers Walk to Fund Breast Cancer Care for Underserved Women
AUGUSTA – More than 2,500 walkers took to the streets of downtown Oct. 18 to raise money for mammograms and other breast health care for Augusta’s uninsured and underinsured women.
The Augusta Common overflowed with participants, at least 150 of whom were breast cancer survivors and served as honorary starters of the 8th Annual 3-mile Miracle Mile Walk sponsored by University Health Care Foundation. More than $120,000 was raised to benefit patients through University Hospital’s Breast Health Center, according to Foundation President Pete Brodie.
University’s Breast Health Center offers a comprehensive array of well-coordinated breast health services, including education, diagnostic testing, treatment options and support. When people are diagnosed with breast cancer, the Breast Health Center can help them through treatment and follow-up support. Providing care with dignity in a supportive environment is the first step to restoring health.
Buddy Check 6SM
University's Buddy Check 6 breast health education program provides ongoing classes on breast self exams (BSE) and promotes early detection through BSE, annual clinical exams and mammography. The program encourages women to choose a buddy to help them remember this important three-step approach to early detection of breast cancer.
University's Mobile Mammography Unit is helping to eliminate barriers by making it faster and more convenient for women to have a screening mammogram. Equipped with state-of-the-art digital mammography in a comfortable setting, the unit visits area businesses and industries to offer screening digital mammography to employees who might not otherwise schedule this potentially lifesaving test. Yearly mammograms are covered by Medicare and most insurance companies.
For more information about University Hospital’s Breast Health Center, call 706/774-4141 or toll free 866/774-4141.