Increasing Access to a Lifesaving Test

Many of our entities offer high-quality, convenient mammography services, and they screen thousands of women for breast cancer every year. We offer 3-D technology in several locations, and patients can call one number to schedule appointments at any of our metro-Memphis facilities. But our team isn’t just focused on making this service better; they’re also committed to making it more accessible.

Every year, the Baptist Foundation applies for grants – including one from Susan G. Komen – to help pay for mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies and genetic counseling for uninsured and under-insured women in many of the communities we serve. The Baptist Women’s Health Center’s mobile mammogram unit also goes into communities and partners with churches and physicians to bring mammograms to under-served women.

This effort is so important because breast cancer disproportionately affects many women in our communities. Memphis ranks in the top 10 in the country when it comes to the number of African American women dying from breast cancer. We must be part of the solution to this major issue, and the most important first step is making sure as many women as possible get yearly mammograms. Our team has made it their mission to improve access to our mammography services, and I salute them for their dedication this important goal.

If you know an underinsured or uninsured woman who needs a mammogram, please tell her to call 901-227-PINK or Baptist Booneville, Baptist Union County, Baptist North Mississippi or Baptist Golden Triangle. If you have any questions for me, email me, tweet me @jason_m_little or find me on LinkedIn.

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