COLUMBIA, Mo. — Beginning Tuesday, April 5, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is expanding its hours of service to make it easier for patients to receive their yearly mammograms.
Ellis Fischel’s cancer screening services will offer early morning and evening hours to accommodate patients who are unable to schedule an appointment during traditional work hours.
The expanded service hours include the following times in April and May:
• 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5
• 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 6
• 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 20
• 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21
• 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3
• 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 4
• 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 18
• 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19
“We know many people live very busy lives,” said Deb Deeken, R.N., manager of Ellis Fischel’s breast health cancer screening services. “We hope that by providing these expanded hours, we can make it more convenient for working patients to receive their yearly mammograms.”
Physicians at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center stress the importance of early detection in beating breast cancer. The five-year survival rate for all women diagnosed with breast cancer is 90 percent, and the chances of surviving are better if the cancer is detected early.
“One in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” said Paul Dale, M.D., chief of the division of surgical oncology at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. “A digital mammography takes 30 minutes and can increase your odds of survival by 30 percent.”
Physicians recommend women begin having an annual mammogram at age 40.
To schedule a mammogram or for more information about Ellis Fischel’s breast health services, please call (573) 882-8511 or visit www.muhealth.org/ellisfischel.