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Marsh cancer center gets $100,000 grant

April 02, 2008

John R. Marsh Cancer Center was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The funds will be used to support the Make a Difference breast cancer screening program, now in its seventh year. The program received initial funding in 2002 and has been awarded more than $600,000 in grants.

The Make a Difference program is a breast health awareness, education and screening program that has reached more than 1,200 women in the community. The program focuses on reaching low income, uninsured and underinsured women.

Screenings are held three to four times per month in a variety of locations throughout the community. Participants are seen by a nurse practitioner who provides a clinical breast exam and education on breast health and the importance of self exams. If the exam indicates that a mammogram is needed, participants are provided one at Washington CountyHospital within three weeks, an official said.

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Once women receive a mammogram, a representative from the Make a Difference program will communicate the results and coordinate further care, if indicated.

The program is now seeing a lot of women who return year after year, an official said.

John R. Marsh Cancer Center, a department of Washington County Hospital, is at Robinwood Medical Center off Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown.

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