Mammograms, support, discussion continue during breast-cancer awareness month

Screenings, support and a special talk are being offered through Oaklawn Hospital during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, being observed during October.

Low-income, uninsured women age 40 through 64 living in southwestern Michigan may obtain free mammograms by meeting specific financial guidelines. Appointments are available by calling (800) 873-0649.

The next such screening is scheduled Oct. 26 at the Women’s Diagnostic Center in the Ricketson Medical Building, 103 E. Mansion St., Marshall. Other screenings are offered throughout the year.

The support group “Surviving and Thriving Breast Cancer” meets from 6 to 8 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month, except December, in the Ricketson Medical Building conference room. The next session will be Oct. 30. Information about the group is available from Julie Hammon at (269) 789-3962.

Breast-reconstruction surgery also will be discussed during an informal informational session at the new office of Dr. Sumita Saha, the Oaklawn Medical Group’s first plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

The event, entitled “Let Talk Plastic Surgery,” will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the office of Oaklawn Medical Group-Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at 203 Winston Drive. Reservations may be made by calling (269) 781-1178.

Saha will meet with community members and potential patients, and share information about her practice. A question-and-answer period is planned.

Additional information about breast cancer may be found at NBCAM.org.

The observation of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is sponsored by a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies.

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