HMH offers self-referring mammograms

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By Kelly Cantrall

As pink ribbon sightings begin to dwindle, Hardin Memorial Health is looking to make breast cancer screenings a simpler process for women.

HMH now offers self-referring mammograms, with which women can make an appointment for the exam themselves instead of first seeking a physician’s referral.

Previously, women needed to see a physician who would then refer them to the hospital for a mammogram. Allowing the patient to make the appointment is something that has taken place around the state and the nation for quite awhile, said Gail Mulhall, manager of the Women’s Care Center at HMH. With October being breast cancer awareness month, Mulhall said HMH staff wanted to find a way to make the procedures accessible.

“It’s just another opportunity to get women back in preventive health,” Mulhall said.

The self-referring mammograms are for women who need only to be screened for possible issues, and not those who already have symptoms, she said.

The woman will be notified of the results of the mammogram, and they also will be sent to the health care provider she designates when scheduling the appointment. If someone doesn’t have a primary physician, one can be provided by the hospital, Mulhall said.

Mulhall stressed the self-referring mammograms aren’t meant to allow people to bypass seeing a doctor. A woman should still receive regular breast exams from a physician, she said. The program makes it easier for women to be proactive about their health.

“If we can get some (women) in that otherwise may have not gotten their mammogram, then that’s wonderful,” Mulhall said.

For more information, call Mulhall at 270-706-1114, or go to www.hmh.net. To make an appointment, call 270-706-1622. 

Kelly Cantrall can be

reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.