In an effort to make it easier for women to get critical mammography services, Davis Memorial Hospital has extended hours into the evening two days each week beginning in September.
Although mammograms are important all year, the extra hours will encompass October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"We understand people are busier than ever, so these extended hours will make it more convenient for women to get this potentially lifesaving screening," said Dr. Anne Banfield of Women's HealthCare. "Studies prove that early detection methods decrease breast cancer death rates. We're pleased to be able to put our patients first by offering these late afternoon and evening hours."
Each Tuesday and Thursday beginning in September, appointments will be available beginning at 3:30 p.m. A doctor's order is required, and people can call 304-637-3185 for an appointment.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women 40 and older have a mammogram annually, in addition to regular self-examinations. For those with a family history or other risk factors, mammograms may be recommended for those younger than 40.
For more information about whether you should get a mammogram, call Women's HealthCare or visit www.cancer.org.
In addition to the convenience of extended hours for mammography services, local women can be confident that the services offered through Davis Memorial Hospital are among the best anywhere. Last year, the American College of Radiology (ACR) awarded Davis Memorial with a three-year term of accreditation.
"The ACR is the gold standard for evaluating for image quality and patient safety," said Becky Moore, R-MT. "Our equipment, health care professionals and procedures ensure the best possible care for those who receive care here, and now they can do that at even more convenient times."
Extended mammography hours are just one initiative that will be part of Davis Health System's outreach efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Watch for details about the annual Betty Gow Cancer Survivor Dinner, which celebrates the lives of those who have had breast cancer. Numerous other "pink" theme activities also will take place.
For information about digital mammography at DMH call 304-637-3764, and at Broaddus Hospital call 304-457-8162.