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King's Daughters receives mammography grants

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  • Written By: Tammi Holbrook

King’s Daughters Medical Center recently received $59,700 in grant funding to provide screening mammograms and follow-up diagnostic testing to eligible women in eight eastern Kentucky and three southern Ohio counties.

The grants, which include $19,850 each from the Columbus, Ohio, and Lexington, Ky., affiliates of Susan G. Komen, and $20,000 from the Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund, will benefit uninsured and underinsured women over age 40 who live in one of the following counties: Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lewis or Martin in Kentucky; or Jackson, Lawrence or Scioto in Ohio.

“Many of the counties in King’s Daughters’ service area have lower rates of mammography screening than areas outside of the region,” said Doretha Pridemore, KDMC Breast Care Center clinical supervisor. “These grants allow us to provide eligible women access to potentially life-saving screenings they might not otherwise receive.”

The grants also provide limited funding for diagnostic and treatment services. Women participating in the project who need follow-up services for abnormal mammogram results now will be able to have these exams without worrying about additional costs. Their healthcare provider is informed about the results of their screening mammogram as well as any additional imaging.

A physician’s referral is not required for the mammography screenings. For additional information or to learn more about eligibility, please call (606) 408-2650.