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Girls Night Out encourages mammograms

POSTED: September 19, 2014 9:00 p.m.
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A series of events at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October, encourages women to get mammograms.

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JESUP — On Tuesday and Thursday evenings in October, Wayne Memorial Hospital will host Girls Night Out as a part of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month to encourage women to have their annual mammograms.  
Women can schedule screening mammograms as late as 7:30 p.m. at Wayne Memorial for any of the following evenings: Oct. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30.
“Offering extended hours affords more women in the community more time to get this important screening mammogram completed,” Director of Radiology John McCullough said. “Breast cancer, if caught early, is a very treatable and beatable disease,” said Becky Phillips, the director of medical records at Wayne Memorial.
Hospital Chief Executive Officer Joe Ierardi echoed that sentiment.
“We want to give everyone in the area the best possible chance of finding out the information they need early through these screening mammograms and assist in providing the best plan of action for treatment,” he said.
In February 2010, Wayne Memorial Hospital received accreditation in mammography imaging services for digital mammography from the American College of Radiology .  
Key points to know for Girls Night Out include the following:
• Mammograms must be ordered by a physician. All patients must present physician orders at the appointment before the procedure. Normal insurance/payment procedures apply.
• All participants must have a scheduled appointment. Mammograms need to be scheduled through the WMH Centralized Scheduling Department at 912-530-3197, 912-530-3272 or 912-530-3230 after receiving a physician’s order. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
• Only screening mammograms will be performed during the event. All mammograms scheduled from 4-7:30 p.m. in October are for screening purposes only. No prior-issue or diagnostic mammograms will be performed during the Girls Night Out event.

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