Published on May 18, 2012

Baptist Mississippi regional hospitals receive grant from Susan G. Komen Foundation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Susan G. Komen Foundation recently awarded four $12,000 grants to Baptist Memorial Health Care's Mississippi regional affiliate hospitals to cover the cost of mammograms and other diagnostic services to medically underserved area women.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi all received $12,000 Komen grants.

According to the American Cancer Society's Cancer Facts & Figures 2012, 1,990 new cases of female breast cancer will be diagnosed in Mississippi, and approximately 440 women will die from the disease. More than 30 percent of the deaths from breast cancer in women older than 50 are preventable through mammography screening. When caught early, 9 out of 10 women will survive breast cancer. Survival rates for breast cancer have steadily increased in women since 1990, thanks to earlier detection and improved treatment. Mammography screening also increases the chance of detecting breast cancer small enough to be treated by lumpectomy instead of mastectomy and decreases the need for chemotherapy.

"We are pleased to partner with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to offer Mississippi women the diagnostic care they need," said Randy King, vice president and regional market leader for Baptist. "When caught early, breast cancer is a disease women can survive, and we hope our health system's partnership with Komen will allow us to continue to provide high-quality breast health care."

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