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Komen for the Cure donates $50,000 for free mammograms

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Virginia Affiliate has given $50,000 in grant money to support breast cancer screenings in the Halifax Regional Health System, according to the News Record.

The grant money is dedicated to providing women between the ages of 40 and 64, who do not have insurance coverage or who are under-insured, with free mammogram screenings.

For breast cancer, this is a highly vulnerable age group and the American Cancer Society recommends that any woman over the age of 40 receives yearly mammograms. Breast cancer does occur in women younger than 40, but the risks increase with age.

Residents of Halifax and Mecklenburg counties will benefit from the new grant.

"We are very pleased to be the recipient of these funds. Providers at our four family practice affiliates will perform clinical breast exams, mammography technicians at Halifax Regional Hospital will do the mammograms and our radiologists will read them all at no cost to the individual," the grant program director, Connie Halsey, told the news source.
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