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Free mammograms for Mid-Michigan women

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(05/02/12) - A Mid-Michigan business is offering a life saving gift. Regional Medical Imaging in Flint Township is providing free mammograms to women in need.

In 2011, nearly 40,000 women died from breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society. Experts say many of those deaths could have been prevented with earlier detection.

"If you delay diagnosis and the cancer gets big enough, it will kill you and so our goal is to help them survive," said Dr. Randy Hicks, CEO of Regional Medical Imaging.

Hicks says late detection is far too common in Mid-Michigan. Now his company, RMI, has developed a program to fight that trend. Starting this month, the institution will provide free mammograms to 50 women.

"Every year it's very disheartening to see the women that come in and they've just put off their study because they just don't have the money or they're afraid of the health care system or they don't have any way of entering the health care system," Hicks said.

Women without insurance are encouraged to reach out to RMI.

"We would prefer that they have a physician, a primary care physician that we can refer back to should we have a problem. We try to make that one of the requisites but again if your just unable and you don't have that we make exceptions to the rules," Hicks said.

The program is full this month and next, but the mammograms are offered on a quarterly basis so there will be spots available down the road.

For more information – call 810-732-1919.

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