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Free Breakfast to Recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Join the Jefferson Community Health Center Radiology Department for a free breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A light breakfast will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room at Jefferson Community Health Center.

Join the Radiology Department staff for breakfast, a tour of the newly renovated radiology department, a chance to win door prizes, and the opportunity to learn about breast cancer and make an appointment for a mammogram.

Regular mammograms are just one way for women to take care of themselves – but it is an important part of breast health. During October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, JCHC encourages women to follow their doctors’ recommendations for breast cancer screening.

Mammography is typically recommended in combination with monthly self breast exam and regular examination by a physician. The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 or older have a mammogram every one to two years . Women are encouraged to ask their doctor about mammography recommendations specific to their needs, risks and health history.

Many insurance companies pay for screening mammograms. The Every Woman Matters program is also available to assist women with the cost of regular mammograms, and other routine health screenings.

At Jefferson Community Health Center, the radiology department offers digital technology in a newly renovated radiology department. JCHC uses the state-of-the-art system, Selenia™ digital mammography from Hologic.™

Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is acquired and, more importantly, viewed. The radiologist can magnify the images, increase or decrease the contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images. These features allow the radiologist to evaluate microcalcifications and focus on areas of concern.

Besides mammography, JCHC’s radiology departments offers ultrasound, which is another test a radiologist may recommend to evaluate the breast tissue and CAD (Computer-Aided Detection) software which identifies and marks areas of concern on mammogram images to bring them to the attention of the radiologist.

Jefferson Community Health Center is a private not-for-profit health care organization with the vision of being our community’s most trusted partner for a lifetime of care.

For further information, or to schedule a mammogram, please call the radiology department at Jefferson Community Health Center at (402) 729-6841.