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Newton Medical to host breast cancer awareness party

COVINGTON — Newton County Medical Center invites the community to the “Breast Party Ever” to learn more about breast cancer awareness.

The hospital’s Women’s Diagnostic Center will host the party from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, which will feature a fun-filled afternoon with breast cancer prevention tips from Breat Patient Navigator Wendy Hankins, RN. Attendees will learn the proper way to perform a self breast exam, the importance of regular clinical breast exams, as well as when and why to begin having annual mammograms.

In addition to educational sessions, there will be snacks, gift bags and all attendees will be registered for door prizes. Women’s Diagnostic Center staff members will be available to schedule mammogram appointments.

Hankins, who is new to the Newton County Medical Center, will lead the educational sessions along with other staff members. She recently joined the team to oversee the new Breast Patient Navigation program where a specially trained nurse navigator guides patients through the cancer care system.

Hankins assists patients in working through the many barriers and fears they may face during cancer care. Through the navigation program, patients with suspicious findings receive all the information and assistance they need to help them obtain follow up care, timely diagnosis and timely treatment when necessary.

The “Breast Party Ever” will be held in the Women’s Diagnostic Center of Newton Medical Center’s Physicians’ Pavilion at 4181 Hospital Drive, Suite 301 in Covington. To pre-register for the event or to learn more about the Breast Patient Navigation program, contact Hankins at 770-385-7826 or by email at whankins@newtonmedical.com.

The Women’s Diagnostic Center of Newton Medical is a place created especially for women and staffed by women with an emphasis on health education and a focus on patient satisfaction. The health care team realized the need to incorporate certain women’s health services into one facility that offers advanced diagnostic testing and health education.