Church Steps up to Provide Free Mammograms

9:51 PM, Jan 19, 2011   |    comments
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Columbia SC (WLTX) -- Over the years the face of breast cancer has changed.  Dr. Richard Moore is the Principal at Logan Elementary School in Columbia and he knows firsthand the importance of early detection.

"I myself recently had a mammogram which was most unusual for me and not something I expected. But it is something that men need to be worried about as well particularly if there is a family history of breast cancer."

Research shows that one of the most common excuses women give for not going for a mammogram is because they don't have insurance or the money to pay for the procedure.

But thanks to churches like St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Logan Elementary School and Palmetto Health that is no longer an excuse.

Bob Chestnut is the community health fair event director for St. Timothy's Episcopal Church.

"When Darci and Andrea mentioned it on their show at 5 o clock within a minute we were getting phone calls at home and we had filled all of the available slots within 20 minutes of when they announced it on air.", Chestnut said.

So, on January 14, 2011 the Palmetto Health mobile mammography unit pulled into the parking lot of Logan Elementary School and performed mammograms for free.

News19 is proud to partner with Palmetto Health every month to stress the importance of performing your monthly self breast exam.  Early detection saves lives and having a buddy to remind you every month makes the process easier. Sign Up for Buddy Call 19


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