Mammography screenings will be available for women in Hamilton County. (Photo: MGNOnline)

Mammography screenings will be available for women in Hamilton County provided by CHI Memorials Mobile health coach.

These screening will take place at Volunteers in Medicine on June 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chattanooga Housing Authority on June 23 from noon to 2 p.m. and Lone Oak Free Health Clinic on June 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Women should have one mammogram screening between the ages of 35-40. After the age of 40, a mammogram screening is recommended every year, officials said.

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Any women who meets these age guidelines and has not had a mammogram in the past 12 months is eligible to participate, with or without insurance.

“While mammography is not the only tool we use to detect breast cancer, it is our best screening tool; early detection increases survival rates,” Debbie Phinizy, director of breast services at MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, said.

“Mammography has the ability to detect microcalcifications which are the earliest signs a cancer may be developing,” she said. “Early detection of these microcalcifications before they become a palpable lump is key to survival.”

Women who are uninsured or underinsured may be able to qualify for financial assistance.

“If any abnormality is found, that needs further work-up with additional imaging or ultrasound, surgeon consultation or biopsy, the patient continues to be seen at no charge until a positive pathology diagnosis has been given,” Phinizy also said.

Those with insurance must bring an insurance card and a photo ID, such as a driver’s license. Insurance will be filed for you.

Women need to know the first and last name of their doctor.

In order to provide women with education about and access to health services, The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center receives grant funds from Avon Breast Center Crusade.

Partnerships with Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program and the Susan G. Komen Foundation helps provide eligible uninsured and underinsured women with breast and cervical screenings.

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