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SCH GOES PINK: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
with Grace Ford, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC)

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early. All women are encouraged at the first of every month to do a breast self exam and report any lumps found to their doctor immediately. Upon further review, your doctor can determine if the cyst is benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer detected) and a course of action best suited for you.

Talk to your doctor or family nurse practitioner, like Grace Ford, about your risk for breast cancer, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Together, you can decide when and how often you should have a mammogram performed. For those in a high risk category, an MRI may also be recommended. Most insurances cover mammograms at 100% for all women over 40 regardless of family history.

To make an appointment with Grace, call 601.795.9320. To reach our Wiggins clinic, call 601.928.6700.