Women’s Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­ter awarded grant

Money pro­vided by the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety

The Covington News - - Health & Wellness -

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

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