SOMC to Offer Free Breast Exams April 22

Free clinical breast exams will be offered at the SOMC Cancer Center April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exams are available to uninsured or underinsured women. Participants 40 years old or older, those who are younger with a strong family history of breast cancer or a woman with an abnormal finding on a self-breast exam are welcome. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the SOMC Volunteer Office at (740) 356-8234.

“Any woman who needs a mammogram and has not had one in the last year will be scheduled for a free exam at the SOMC Breast Center, provided by the Hands of Hope program,” Kelly Lawson, clinical manager of the Cancer Center, said.

This is the fourth year SOMC has been awarded a grant through the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This grant allows women, who meet certain guidelines, access to screenings for early detection of breast cancer.

“In 2009 the Cancer Center held three breast screenings, conducting approximately 88 exams,” Lawson said. “Two women were diagnosed with cancer and received treatment as a result of these free screenings.”

Educational materials will be available during the screenings. Breast Health Navigator at SOMC, Kimberlee Richendollar, RN, BSN will provide information to participants about breath health, self-breast exams and breast cancer awareness.

Richendollar has the latest information about breast health and early detection, which is key to increased survival rates of those with breast cancer.

As a result of the volunteer hours provided by SOMC physicians, nurses, and members of the Fight Cancer, Save Lives Cancer Coalition, these screenings are possible and offered bi-annually.

The SOMC Cancer Center is located at 1121 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth.