Keesler Air Force Base was covered in pink today for their eighth annual Mammothon.
The cancer screening and preventative health fair holds walk-in screenings for multiple types of cancer and chronic diseases in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Those offered include skin, oral, breast, and cervical cancer. There is also access for colonoscopy screenings and assessments for prostate cancer.
Dr. Matthew Barchie, a radiologist at Keesler, tells News 25 the key to medical treatment is early detection especially breast cancer patients. “One of every eight ladies will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and most lives are saved by an annual screening beginning at age 40 so we try to make that as easy as possible for people to get. So, if we can make a one stop shopping event for them they will come and take care of that so we are here to help them.”
All Keesler Air Force Base medical beneficiaries were eligible to attend.