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Free Mammograms available for those who Qualify September 13 at monthly Breast Health Forum

: June Murphy is an advocate of cancer screenings, making sure that everyone she knows understands the importance of having them. Today, after surviving both cervical and breast cancer, she makes a point of enjoying life, and clothes. Here she is shopping at Twila's in Lewes.

Lewes breast cancer survivor June Murphy simply cannot understand why women don’t get annual mammograms.

“You can’t play with your life,” she says. “And today there is no excuse. If you can’t pay for a cancer screening, Beebe will help you find a way to do so.”

June says she is alive because her aggressive breast cancer was found in a routine mammogram. While her treatment also was aggressive, today she enjoys her life with her family and her friends. She also remains a vocal advocate for cancer screenings.

“A pap smear allowed my cervical cancer to be diagnosed and treated, and a mammogram allowed the breast cancer to be diagnosed and treated,” she says. “If I had not been screened, I would not be alive today.”

Debbie Campbell, RN, the Cancer Screening Nurse Navigator for Beebe Medical Center’s Tunnell Cancer Center, is trying to make sure that all men and woman are screened for cancers of the breast, cervical, prostate and colon – those cancers for which there are screenings.

Today, she is filling appointments for the upcoming monthly Breast Health Forum on September 13 at Tunnell Cancer Center. The free mammograms are funded with a grant from the Philadelphia Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The appointment includes the mammogram, a clinical breast exam, and breast education.

Please call Debbie at (302) 645-3169 to pre-register. The program requires women to be registered. She will set up a time on Sept. 13 for screening and education. Free transportation can be arranged to and from the screening site. Debbie also has information on financial programs for cancer screenings to help people who either do not have insurance or who have insurance that does not cover cancer screenings.

“So many women either do not have insurance, or have insurance but the premiums are so high that they do not cover these important tests that actually are screenings for breast cancer,” she says.

All women 18 years and older should have a clinical breast exam, and all women 40 years and older should have a yearly mammogram. Beebe Medical Center has a comprehensive cancer program that includes the outpatient services at Tunnell Cancer Center, and at the hospital where surgical and nonsurgical procedures are performed.

Last year, Beebe Medical Center opened its Breast Health Center at the Bookhammer Outpatient Center on Route 24 in Rehoboth Beach. It is the only facility in the region devoted to breast care, diagnosis and treatment.

“Nothing is more important than your health,” says June. “You just never know.”

Caption: June Murphy is an advocate of cancer screenings, making sure that everyone she knows understands the importance of having them. Today, after surviving both cervical and breast cancer, she makes a point of enjoying life, and clothes.

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org