Hospital joins with ACS on new push for mammograms

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Volunteers are needed for a new community education program to fight breast cancer in Roane County.

The program, a joint effort between Roane Medical Center and the American Cancer Society, seeks to increase the number of women who get breast cancer screenings.

“Volunteers have been crucially important in enabling the American Cancer Society to help make progress in the fight against cancer for nearly 100 years,” said Sarah Hooks, health initiatives representative for the American Cancer Society in Roane County.

Anyone interested in playing a part in this new breast cancer screening initiative should contact Hooks at the Knoxville area at either 558-4044 or sarah.hooks@cancer.org.

At this time, breast cancer cannot be prevented, which is why regular mammograms are so important.

The new program will train area volunteers to speak to other women in Roane County and provide information necessary to schedule screening mammograms at convenient locations within the local community.

Nearly 14 million Americans who have survived cancer — and countless others who have avoided it — will celebrate a birthday this year, thanks to the progress the American Cancer Society is making to help people stay well and get well, to find cures, and fight back.

For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.