The King Edward VII Memorial Hospital [KEMH] Acute Care Wing will be illuminated in pink throughout October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
A spokesperson said, “The entrance to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital [KEMH], Acute Care Wing will be bathed in a pink glow in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness starting on Sunday 1 October. The exterior lighting will turn on automatically at dusk every evening for the duration of the month.”
“These lights are a reminder to manage your breast care and to book your routine mammogram,” said Terricca Smith, Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB] Acting Manager, Diagnostic Imaging and Cardiac Diagnostic Unit.
The spokesperson said, “The KEMH mammography department offers full breast health screening and diagnostic exams using GE’s Pristina 3D mammography unit. It provides optimum images to aid in detecting breast diseases.”
Women do not require a physician referral to have a mammogram at BHB [men do]. “Members of the public 40 and over are advised to have a scan annually,” said Ms Smith. “If you have a family history of breast cancer, we invite you to contact our KEMH Mammography Unit directly on 239- 1223 for advice on when you should be scanned.”
The spokesperson said, “A yearly mammogram is covered as a standard health benefit for those with local health insurance. There is no co-pay at BHB associated with this service.”
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