Women’s Diagnostic Center awarded grant
Money provided by the American Cancer Society
The Women’s Diagnostic Center at Newton Medical Center has received a grant in the amount of $ 6,320 from the American Cancer Society.
“ The Women’s Diagnostic Center provides diagnostic procedures for breast abnormalities with a special focus on the early detection of breast cancer,” said hospital CEO James Weadick.
The South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society recently awarded the Targeted Community Investment Grant to financially support projects consistent with the society’s fight against cancer.
A volunteer review committee made up of various disciplines to ensure objectivity, reviewed the grant applications and made recommendations for funding.
“ The Women’s Diagnostic Center will use these funds to host four separate breast cancer information workshops targeting women who are medically underserved,” said Lisa McWilliams, WDC manager. “ Too many of these women only come to see us once they have a breast mass so large they can no longer ignore it.”
The workshops are scheduled for July, October, January and April. Two of the workshops will be held at NMC and two will be held at Solid Rock Baptist Church in partnership with their nonprofit organization, Willing Helpers, Inc.
“ We will be collaborating with Ed Jenkins who spearheads the medical portion of the Willing Helpers organization,” McWilliams said.
Jenkins retired as director of pharmacy at NMC and has since focused his time on helping the medically underserved population in Newton County.
Breast cancer treatment is more successful if detected in an early stage. The Women’s Diagnostic Center recently added digital mammography machines to enable the breast imaging radiologists at the center to see tumors as early as possible when patients are having regular mammograms.
The ACS recommends women begin routine annual mammograms at the age of 40 unless their personal physician recommends it earlier because of high risk factors.
McWilliams applied for the grant at the urging of the ACS when statistics indicated a higher incidence of breast cancer in Newton County as compared with other counties in Georgia.
“ Our radiologists and staff will begin educating these women on a personal level about what breast lumps are and the importance of regular screening,” McWilliams said. “ We will also provide the women with information on financial assistance for screening procedures.”
Grant money is available from the ACS as a direct result of fund raising events such as the annual Newton County Relay for Life. This year’s Relay event is scheduled for April 25 and 26 at Sharp Stadium.
For more information about The Women’s Diagnos- tic Center and the upcoming workshops, call ( 770) 3857800 or visit www. newtonmedical. com.
For information about cancer, call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 1- 800ACS- 2345 or visit www. cancer. org