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Latest figures show that one in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime.

Getting proper screening is imperative and your health insurance – or lack of it – should not be a factor. The Cancer Services Program at UMMC is holding an all-inclusive cancer screening event for uninsured residents Oct. 22.

“If they don’t have health insurance they’re not accessing health care on a regular basis,” coordinator Lisa Franclemont said, “so they’re not getting education either on their health care needs. Unfortunately, many of the people we’ve been screening do have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood glucose, so they also need a lot of education and referrals.”

“It’s important to know if you have a problem so you can address it and hopefully prevent future problems,” Franclemont said. “It’s not better to not know.”

The event is grant-funded which can pay for the services. The hospital also offers financial aid if any follow-up care is needed.

Call Healthy Living to sign up at 344-5331.

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