Health

Health news and issues in the Ozarks.

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Free mammogram screenings are now available to women of the Ozarks who don’t have insurance for that procedure.

Women who are uninsured or underinsured can receive a free mammogram screening, thanks to a partnership between CoxHealth and the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

Susan Smith is a manager in the Breast Care Center at CoxHealth.

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A new partnership in Springfield will train students for careers as emergency medical technicians or paramedics.

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program at Ozarks Technical Community College was dedicated Thursday.  The program, co-sponsored by CoxHealth and Mercy, not only trains students for careers as EMT’s and paramedics, it also provides continuing education for those who already work in the field.

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The most common form of cancer in the U.S. is skin cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It’s estimated that more than three million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancers each year.

According to CoxHealth, identifying potential skin cancers and pre-cancers can keep the disease from spreading beyond control.

That’s why each year, the health system offers a chance for people 18 and older to be screened for free.  This year, the screening will be held on May 12.

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The training this weekend  is part of the national campaign, Stop the Bleed, which gained momentum after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2012, according to Mercy Hospital Springfield.

"A bunch of the leaders in the nation got together and thought, 'how can we stop people from dying from preventable deaths with just some basic hemorrhage techniques for that life threatening bleeding situation?'" said Keith Schaefer, director of Trauma Services at Mercy Hospital Springfield.

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