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Published on August 21, 2019

Saturday Mammograms Make Screening Easy, Convenient for Busy Teacher

Sherry Waters, a busy elementary school teacher with Wayne County Public Schools, had not received her routine mammogram in five years when she got an email from her school’s nurse about Saturday mammograms at Wayne UNC Health Care. “I thought – I could do that,” she said. “I wouldn’t have to take time off work.”

Waters called to schedule her appointment and was given helpful tips ahead of time for where to park, what door of the building to enter and where to go to check in. She also learned that her insurance covered the costs. When she arrived on Saturday, she walked right in and didn’t have to wait.

Waters said that everyone at the hospital was “so friendly,” and the mammogram -- performed by a friendly mammography technician -- was not at all as painful as she thought it would be.

“Definitely do it,” Waters recommends. “It was so quick and easy and didn’t take any time out of my day.”

mammography technician performs 3d mammogram on patient

Making mammograms part of your lifelong breast care routine is important. An average of 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and nearly 75 percent of all women diagnosed do not have a family history. Mammograms have improved survival rates by nearly 40 percent since screenings became widespread in the U.S. in 1990, because it helps providers find cancer early when it’s most treatable.

3D mammograms, available at Wayne UNC, use X-ray to capture detailed, layered, three-dimensional breast images.

For more information or to schedule your own Saturday mammogram, call at 919-731-6013 or schedule your appointment online today.

Schedule a Screening Mammogram

Fill out our Schedule a Mammogram form to request an appointment at Wayne UNC Health Care. You don’t need a referral for a screening mammogram, but you’ll need to tell us the name of your primary care provider. (Find a Primary Care Provider.)

If you’re experiencing breast pain or feel a lump, see your primary care provider to determine if you need a referral for a diagnostic mammogram.

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