Photos: Free screenings offer chance to catch, halt cancer
Published on Monday, January 29, 2018
By: Cynthia Wall
University of Mississippi Medical Center faculty and staff from multiple departments worked together Saturday to offer free breast, cervical and skin cancer screenings for about 106 uninsured and underinsured women in the metro area. The College of American Pathologists Foundation provided a grant to cover some of the cost, and many UMMC staff volunteered their time for the CAP See, Test & Treat program.
UMMC Cancer Institute staff came from multiple departments, including pathology, nursing, gynecologic oncology, mammography, dermatology and others. Women with abnormal screenings were referred for followup and given a list of medical providers they could contact.
Tomeka Harps, whose cervical cancer was discovered at the 2017 screening, encouraged the women as they waited:
“Last year I was in your shoes. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. These men and women here, they will help you and your friends. I’m standing here today cancer free. Eight months I fought cancer….I know some of you are scared. Don’t be scared. This program can save your life.”