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Grant helps Connecticut hospital increase breast cancer outreach

Thanks to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Connecticut will have a larger impact on breast cancer outreach, making breast cancer health news.

According to the Litchfield County Times, the Connecticut affiliate of the foundation presented a grant totaling $63,000 to the hospital to help more women in the area receive breast cancer screenings, such as mammograms. Charlottle Hungerford Hospital is seeking to increase breast cancer screenings by 10 percent in the surrounding region. The hospital is located in the northwest area of the state.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure advocates for the importance of mammograms, especially for women over 40 and younger women with a family history of the disease.

"We are confident that Charlotte will continue to perform vital free clinical breast exams and mammograms for this population," Anne Morris, executive director of the Connecticut affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

According to the National Cancer Institute, two types of breast cancer screenings are most commonly performed. A mammogram, or x-ray of the breast, can find abnormal cells, ductal carcinoma and tumors to small to be felt. A clinical breast exam is performed when a health professional feels breasts and under the arms for lumps or other unusual growths.
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