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October News Release - Free Screening Mammograms Now Available

NEWS RELEASE  -  October 28, 2016  -  Contact:  Betty S. Weemes, 787-5117


Earlier in the year, Tri-Cities Affiliate of Susan G. Komen announced that Laughlin Health Care Foundation received funding for 100 free screening mammograms.  There are approximately 30 mammograms in the original grant remaining and are open for women who qualify. 

Laughlin Health Care Foundation’s “Tell your Mom, Save a Life” program has been instrumental in providing breast health information to all women in the community about the free mammograms.  “Tell your Mom” partners with the wellness programs in both school systems and with teacher/sponsors and students in the high schools in the community to educate and raise awareness about breast cancer.  These young women “tell” their mothers, aunts, school employees, and others about the free mammograms and encourage the women in their lives to apply for the free mammograms.

These free screenings will be provided on a first-come, first serve basis from qualified applicants.

All successful participants must meet the following qualifications:
 • Income guidelines, as listed on the application
 • hold insurance that will not cover a screening mammogram or be uninsured
 • be between the ages of 40 through 64

Applications are available at the Laughlin Memorial Hospital front lobby desk, Laughlin Center for Women’s Health, Greene County Health Department, and community health clinics.  Potential participants must take their applications to the Greene County Health Department or return it to Laughlin Center for Women’s Health at Laughlin Memorial Hospital. 

Through this grant year, Laughlin Health Care Foundation was provided funding for the free mammograms for women in Greene County.  Also, women in bordering Hawkins and Washington Counties, who are served at the Baileyton Community Health Clinic and the Limestone Community Health Clinic.

Once qualified, a very important aspect of the free mammograms is that if an abnormal or suspicious area is found through the mammograms, the individual is placed under the care of Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program.

For additional information about the free, screening mammograms, call Laughlin Health Care Foundation, 787-5117 or the Greene County Health Department, 798-1749.