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Fort Hood Press Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: October 14, 2011 1:10:40 PM CDT

CRDAMC offers walk-in mammograms, encourages women to fight breast cancer

* * * * * Media interested in attending this event should R.S.V.P.

with the CRDAMC Public Affairs Office by 5 p.m.,

Monday, Oct. 24, for meeting time and location. * * * *

 

 

FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month Oct. 25 from 7:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the hospital with the “Pink Heals” fire truck, walk-in mammogram screenings, and a display featuring breast health self examination education.

The event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with walk-in annual screening mammograms in the CRDAMC Radiology Department for TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries who are 40 years or older. Screenings will continue until 3:45 p.m. or until the last walk-in patient has been seen.

The pink fire truck will be in front of the hospital from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Those who are currently fighting cancer or who have beaten cancer are invited to come and sign the truck and take pictures or videos with the firefighters who travel the country promoting breast cancer awareness.

An information table highlighting breast health awareness and self examination techniques will also be set-up in Darnall’s front entrance lobby throughout the day. It is sponsored by CRDAMC healthcare professionals who will be on hand to discuss the importance of self exams, identifying suspicious lumps or masses and when to seek advice from a primary care manager. They will also have free educational give-aways for all who attend.

Beneficiaries who are unable to participate in the walk-in mammogram opportunity can call and schedule an appointment for their regular annual mammogram screening with the CRDAMC Radiology Department and Mammography Clinic at 254-288-8332.

Patients who believe they have a suspicious spot, lump or mass, or who are concerned about their breast health for any reason, should see their primary care provider immediately.

One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women after lung cancer.

Early detection of breast cancer is increased dramatically by a regular schedule of breast self-exams, mammograms and clinical breast exams.

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For more information contact:
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Public Affairs Office
(254) 288-8005
Mikaela Cade
Fort Hood, TX 76544
mikaela.t.cade.civ@mail.mil