Mammogram hours extended at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

Monday, March 28, 2011 | 4:11 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — In an effort to provide better access to yearly mammograms, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will have extra screening hours in April and May, according to a news release from MU Health Care.

A mammogram takes about 30 minutes. Physicians say women should have one annually starting at age 40, according to the release.

In addition to its normal hours, the center will be open at the following times:

  • 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 5
  • 7 to 8 a.m. April 6
  • 7 to 8 a.m. April 20
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 21
  • 4 to 5:30 May 3
  • 7 to 8 a.m. May 4
  • 7 to 8 a.m. May 18
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 19

Paul Dale, chief of the center's division of surgical oncology, said in the release that a mammogram can increase the odds of surviving breast cancer by 30 percent.

To schedule a mammogram, call 882-8511. More information about breast health services is available online.

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