Ladies … Show Yourself Some Love this Valentine’s Day

January 24, 2013

Fort Scott, Ks. – Nearly 80 percent of health care decisions in America are made by women yet most of those decision are made with someone else in mind.

“Women tend to be care givers for everyone but themselves,” said Becky Williams, Mercy Hospital’s director of Imaging Services. “Consider the time women spend caring for the people they love and care about; their children, husbands, parents, grandparents and all the needs surrounding them. Often this leaves little time to tend to their health care needs.”

In an effort to insure women to get their annual mammogram, Mercy Hospital Fort Scott invites ladies to “Show Yourself Some Love this Valentine’s Day.”

On Wednesday, February 13, women may take advantage of a full-day of walk-in mammogram screenings; no appointment is necessary.

“The success behind Mercy’s previous Mammogram Manias is we offer women convenient, walk-in mammograms. On February 13, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., our staff will be ready to screen women who have not had an opportunity to schedule an appointment in the last 12 months.”

“Insurance allows women to receive a mammogram once every 365 days, so if a woman has not had a mammogram within a year’s time-frame, we encourage them to do so,” continued Williams. “Early detection of breast cancer is vital, so get your annual mammogram on February 13 or schedule an appointment soon.”

More than 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year in the U.S.

Women who wish to take advantage of a walk-in mammogram on Wednesday, February 13 should register at Mercy Hospital’s main registration desk. Present a copy of your insurance card if applicable. No prescription is necessary if the woman’s primary care physician is Mercy integrated.

Women should be advised that if they are experiencing any breast discomfort or problems, clinical follow-up with your physician is recommended prior to the mammogram screening. Women are also asked to refrain from wearing deodorant or powder the day of their mammogram.

Diagnostic mammograms are not included in the walk-in service during the February 13 event. Refreshments will be available throughout the day as well as free heel scans for bone density, educational materials, giveaways and more.

“Mammograms save lives,” Williams stressed. “Don’t put it off any longer.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 620-223-7015.

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