Presbyterian Winnsboro Offers Free Gift to Women Who Schedule a Mammogram
10/16/2008

WINNSBORO, Texas — About 127 women out of 100,000 in Wood County will be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to estimates from The Texas Cancer Registry’s invasive cancer incidence rates from 2001 to 2005.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro is offering a small token of appreciation to women who complete mammograms while supplies last.

“Mammograms are crucial to diagnosing breast cancer in its earliest stages,” said Rita Johnson, lead technologist at Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro. “By marking October on the calendar each year as a reminder of the importance of mammograms, women take charge of their health. The gift is a small token of our appreciation for our patients.”

The National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the American College of Radiology recommend women age 40 and older have annual mammograms.

All women are at risk for breast cancer, although the risk increases with age, according to breastcancer.org. Individuals can reduce their risk for breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, and exercising more frequently, breastcancer.org said. Uncontrollable factors, such as a family history of breast cancer, a previous bout with breast cancer, or the presence of certain genes, also affect a person’s risk.

Space for mammograms is limited and fills up quickly. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 903-342-3980.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro
Guided by its mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve, Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro is a 50-bed facility offering a wide range of services including general surgery, outpatient services, a 24-hour emergency department and a wound care center with hyperbaric unit. The hospital is a member of Texas Health Resources. For more information about the hospital and its services, call 1-800-4-Presby or visit www.texashealth.org/phw.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.