The Southeast Georgia Health System and Long County Health Department teamed up to give free breast exams on Oct. 16. Outside of the IGA on Highway 84, women who were low income or were without health insurance qualified for a free breast exam and mammogram appointment.
“Appointments are usually scheduled,” said County Nurse Manager Lisa Palmer. “Today is special because we’re also seeing walk-up patients.”
The women who do want breast exams can enroll in the Breast Cancer Cervical Program to be seen. The truck where the exams are performed comes to Long County once a month, but came in mid-October for an extra time specifically for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Breast cancer affects women of all ages,” said Palmer, “This is potentially a lifesaving thing.”
Southeast Georgia Health System has received grants from Susan G. Komen every year since 2011. The grant helps fund women who don’t have health insurance or are low income.
“It’s important to have events like this so women can get an early diagnosis,” Palmer said.