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BMHS offers free mammograms

Published September 26. 2013 05:00PM

Free mammograms and clinical breast exams with a health care professional will be offered to people who are uninsured or underinsured during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Blue Mountain Health System.

A prescription for a screening mammogram will be supplied. Mammo Days will be held from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the mammography department at the Gnaden Huetten Hospital campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton, and from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Palmerton campus, 135 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton in the mammography department.

Breast cancer screening looks for signs of cancer before a woman has symptoms. Screening can help find breast cancer early, when the chance of successful treatment is best.

Two tests are commonly used to screen for breast cancer: a mammogram (a low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for changes that are not normal), and a clinical breast exam (a health professional looks at and feels the breasts and under the arms for lumps or anything else that seems unusual).

Appointments are limited and registration is required at (610) 377-7070.

BMHS will also present a free program entitled "A Taste of Chocolate" at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Jim Thorpe Yoga, 434 Center St. in Jim Thorpe. Speakers include Tricia Schaefer, oncological skincare specialist from Truespa skin center; Susan Generose, clinical dietitian at BMHS and breast cancer survivor; and Richard Graham, meditation and relaxation facilitator at Jim Thorpe Yoga.

Topics include skin care and nutrition during and after cancer treatment, followed by a 40-minute visualization and meditation session. Wear comfortable nonrestrictive clothing.

An anonymous source once said, "Chocolate doesn't make the world go around ... but it certainly makes the ride worthwhile!" The evening's "ride" will conclude with chocolate indulgences and door prizes. The program is made possible in part with a grant from the Women's 5K Classic.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required at (610) 377-7070.

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