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Tift Regional giving free breast exams in Ashburn

The free screenings are open to women over age 40 who do not have private health insurance or Medicare and Medicaid coverage; women over age 65 who do not qualify for Medicare; and, women under age 40 with no insurance who have found a lump in their breast and have not received any treatment. / Photo: MGN Online

Tift Regional Health System along with the Turner County Health Department are giving out free clinical breast exams on August 15.

The exams will take place at Ashburn Primary Care from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The free screenings are open to women over age 40 who do not have private health insurance or Medicare and Medicaid coverage; women over age 65 who do not qualify for Medicare; and, women under age 40 with no insurance who have found a lump in their breast and have not received any treatment.

“In addition to mammograms and self-breast exams, clinical breast exams are an important way to detect breast cancer and other potential diseases,” said Joy Davis, TRHS community relations coordinator. “The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances that treatment will work. The goal is to reach out to women who are uninsured and don’t have traditional access to healthcare resources.”

Davis said that women who have had a clinical breast exam or mammogram in the last 12 months do not need this screening and should continue to follow-up with a healthcare provider annually.

Appointments are required and slots are limited. Call (229)353-6316 to book an appointment.

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