Knowing Matters

One in eight women either currently has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer exceeds 96 percent. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram. The National Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that women in their forties and older have mammograms every one to two years. A complete early detection plan also includes regular clinical breast examinations by a trained medical professional. In addition, monthly breast self-exams are strongly suggested.

At Fort HealthCare, we use the best available imaging technology referred to as “full-field digital mammography.” This offers greater power to detect subtle breast tissue changes ultimately enhancing the ability to detect breast cancer early.

Because early detection is so critical, we partner with the UW Health Radiology department for reading and interpretive services. That means that radiologists, specializing in breast health, will review your mammogram. You get the same care and service you would get at a larger facility while staying close to home. And, your results can follow you electronically at UW Health and Meriter facilities.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS FOR UN- OR UNDER-INSURED WOMEN
The Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) provides preventive health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage. Women aged 45 – 64 (with some funding for ages 35 – 44) who meet income requirements, can be enrolled in WWWP for breast and cervical screenings. For women in this category, age 40 – 49, Fort Memorial Hospital Foundation Vouchers are available to use for a free mammogram. For more information on WWWP or Fort Memorial Hospital Foundation Vouchers, please contact the Jefferson County Health Department at (920) 674-7193.

STATE-OF-THE-ART CARE
FHC Pink Ribbon FacilityFort Memorial Hospital is a Pink Ribbon facility, recognized as providing excellence in breast health paired with exceptional commitment and support to the women of our community.

When something is found during these routine screenings, it can be a confusing and scary time. To help ease stress, provide knowledgeable guidance, support, and education to women in all stages of breast care, we have created our new Healing Breast Care Center.

SAVE THE DATE for the Fort HealthCare Healing Breast Care Center Open House at Fort Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, October 29th from 3-6 p.m. Email promo@forthc.com if you would like an invitation sent to you!

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