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Free clinical breast exams to be held at Ashburn Primary Care on Aug. 15

Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) and the Turner County Health Department will be holding free clinical breast exams at Ashburn Primary Care on Aug. 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.   The free screenings are open to women over age 40 who do not have private health insurance or Medicare and Medicaid coverage; women over age 65 who do not qualify for Medicare; and, women under age 40 with no insurance who have found a lump in their breast and have not received any treatment.  Appointments are required and appointment slots are limited.   To make an appointment, call 229-353-6316. 

“In addition to mammograms and self-breast exams, clinical breast exams are an important way to detect breast cancer and other potential diseases,” said Joy Davis, TRHS community relations coordinator.  “The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances that treatment will work.  The goal is to reach out to women who are uninsured and don’t have traditional access to healthcare resources.”

Davis said that women who have had a clinical breast exam or mammogram in the last 12 months do not need this screening and should continue to follow-up with a healthcare provider annually.

“A clinical breast exam is a physical exam performed by a healthcare provider well trained in the technique,” said Davis.  “It may be a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant who is qualified to recognize many different types of abnormalities and warning signs.  Although most lumps are discovered through breast self-exams, an experienced professional may notice a suspicious place that fails to register as a warning in the patient’s mind.”

Ashburn Primary Care, a part of Tift Regional Physician Group, is located in Ashburn at 611 E. Washington Avenue.  Providers at Ashburn Primary Care include family physician Mariel Hepburn, M.D. and advanced practice providers Randall Campbell, P.A., Sonia Wiggins, FNP-C and Kimberly D. Massey, FNP-BC, NP-C.  
The free clinical breast exams are being conducted through a community partnership which includes Ashburn Primary Care, the TRHS Anita Stewart Oncology Center, TRHS Tift Comprehensive Breast Center, Turner County Health Department and the Georgia Department of Public Health, South Health District.    For more information or to make an appointment, call 229-353-6316.