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January 13, 2010

MAURY REGIONAL OFFERS FREE CANCER SCREENING FOR THE UNINSURED

COLUMBIA, Tenn.— Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will be offering a free cervical cancer screening on Friday, January 22, for women who have not been screened in the past year or who are at greater risk for developing cervical cancer. The screening will be conducted by appointment from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the MRMC Cancer Center, located at 1224 Trotwood Avenue.

“With the recent increases in unemployment, we realized that there are numerous women in our region who might no longer have insurance. When this happens, women often don’t get wellness screenings such as their annual Pap test. We are also reaching out to women who are at greater risk, such as those with a family history of cervical cancer and African-American and Hispanic women. We encourage all women in these groups to call and make an appointment for this valuable free screening,” said Pam Hibbs, administrative director of women’s and children’s services at MRMC.

The American Cancer Society estimated that 11,270 new cases of invasive cervical cancer would be diagnosed and more than 4,000 women would die from cervical cancer in 2009. A woman’s best defense is a Pap test, a cervical swab test used to detect the presence of abnormal cells, which is recommended annually for women 18 years of age and older.

Registration is required. To schedule an appointment, call 931.380.4044.