Columbus Community Hospital is beginning is beginning its Walk In Wednesdays program to promote breast health and the importance of mammograms.
The walk in mammograms take around 15 minutes and are done Wednesdays until Oct. 31 from 2 to 6 p.m.
Columbus breast health nurse specialist Cathy Bolan said that the idea for the clinics came up during one of the staff quarterly meetings and after hearing a need from the community during follow up calls.
“Everyone who comes in for a mammogram gets a call with results and some give us feedback,” Bolan said.
A yearly mammogram screening allows people not only peace of mind, but the ability to learn early on if there is an issue which can improve the prognosis for cancer patients, Bolan said.
“It’s super important,” Bolan said. “Once you find a lump it has been there for a few years, so instead of finding out in stage 1, you find out in stage 2 or 3. There might be a much less invasive treatment plan.”
There is no physician referral needed and most insurance companies pay for a yearly mammogram screening, Bolan said.
Eligible participants must be 40 or older, not have had breast cancer for the past five years, not had breast surgery or a biopsy for the past year and do not have breast implants.
Of course screening is important for all those candidates, but there is more notice needed for the staff to assure the proper care is there for the patients, Columbus Hospital Medical Imaging Manager Michelle Witthun said.
“If you are currently having a breast issue or we will need to schedule a radiologist, that is something we will have to schedule,” Witthum said.
Anyone coming in for a mammogram on Walk In Wednesdays should come into the front desk and mention why there are there, Witthun said.
“We will want to know when your last mammogram was done and where so we can get images for comparison,” Witthun said.
There will be time estimates given to those come in if there is a wait, Witthun said.
People will be called between 24 and 48 hours after the mammogram either way, Bolan said.
In addition, there will be a letter sent out with the results as well, Bolan said.
Those wanting to schedule a mammogram can call the hospital at 623-6466, Witthun said. Staff is normally available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. but they may be able to set up times outside of that if someone has a special need.