King’s Daughters Health Foundation Launches Campaign to Fund New Mobile Mammography Unit

 

   On October 8, King’s Daughters Health Foundation hosted a kick-off event for a campaign to purchase a new mobile mammography unit. 

   “Lives have been saved thanks to early detection,” said Laura Patrick, director of the Health Foundation. “We have taken our mobile mammography unit to rural communities for more than 13 years. Community outreach has always been and always will be a priority for us.”

   In the U.S., one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Access to a screening mammogram can be a challenge in rural parts of eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. The King’s Daughters mobile unit hosts at least 2,000 women yearly, mostly in rural areas in a 10-plus county area. These patients account for approximately 10 percent of the Health System’s yearly screening mammograms.

   Originally purchased in 2008, KDMC’s current unit has traveled more than 195,700 miles. Two years ago, a new, state-of-the-art 3D mammography system was installed on the existing unit, but the unit itself is reaching the end of its service. There are only four mobile mammography units in Kentucky.

   The Health Foundation, seeking to raise $500,000 to purchase the new unit, offers donors of $1,000 or more recognition on the new unit itself. The name can be an individual, a business or in memory of a loved one.

   To learn more about donating, contact Laura Patrick at 606.408.9332 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An online donation link is available at KingsDaughtersHealthFoundation.com. 

   An estimated one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. When breast cancer is found early, there are more treatment options and a better chance for survival.


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