Piedmont offers mammograms at discount

by Bradley Hartsell

Various Piedmont imaging locations will offer digital screening mammograms at a discounted rate of $75 throughout October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Research indicates the key to beating the disease is catching it early, usually through a regular screening (i.e., breast self-exam or screening mammogram).

“It is important women get screened for breast cancer, regardless of their family history,” said Jeffrey Allen, M.D., medical director of the Doris Shaheen Breast Health Center at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. “Eighty percent of women who are diagnosed don’t have any reported risk factors, which include family history, race and ethnicity. This means that almost any woman is at risk for breast cancer, especially those over the age of 40.”

Participating locations, which offer extended hours and weekend appointments, include:

• Piedmont Imaging at Piedmont West

• Piedmont Imaging at Kennesaw

• Piedmont Mountainside Hospital

• Piedmont Outpatient Center at East Ellijay

• Piedmont Fayette Hospital Women’s Imaging Center

• Piedmont Newnan Outpatient Center at Summit Healthplex

No physician referral is required to schedule a mammogram; however, it is required that women being screened have a doctor to receive the screening results. Patients should bring a picture I.D. with them to their appointment. The discounted mammogram price cannot be used in conjunction with insurance coverage and payment is requested at time of service.

For more information, visit piedmont.org/mammogram .

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