Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital Advocate Breast Cancer Awareness by Offering Free Digital Mammograms


December 31, 2009—The month of January is a special one at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. All month long, both facilities are offering free digital screening mammograms to the women in our communities.

According to the American Cancer Society, 27% of all female cancer cases in 2009 were related to breast cancer. Twin Cities Hospital and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center want to help the women in our area become aware of the benefits of regular mammography screenings.

Bradley Brobeck M.D., Radiology Medical Director at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center stated, “Early detection of breast cancer has proven to raise survival rates and this program will offer an opportunity to be screened free of charge.”

CEO of Twin Cities Hospital, David Whalen, states "Our facilities offer state of the art digital mammography and we believe it is important to highlight these services to our community. Times are difficult, but health care screenings should not be overlooked."
Digital mammography is the latest technology in the fight against breast cancer. This front line technology uses a powerful computer to create superior, high quality images of the breast, thus increasing the physician’s ability to detect cancer and other abnormalities.

Digital mammography is clearer than traditional film and it allows the radiologist to magnify specific areas of the image and adjust the contrast so abnormalities are easier to see. This results in earlier diagnoses as lesions are often caught when they are still confined to the breast and have not spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body.

To schedule your free digital screening mammogram in January, call Twin Cities Hospital at 850-729-9439 or Fort Walton Beach Medical Center at 850-863-7551.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are HCA hospitals working together for the benefit of our community.
Resources:
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center: www.fwbmc.com
Twin Cities Hospital: www.TCHospital.com