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Give Mom gift of good health, encourage mammograms this Mother’s Day

April 28, 2016

Mother’s Day is a special time to remind Mom how much she means to you. This year on May 8, also take the time to encourage her to protect her health by scheduling a screening mammogram.

“Moms often put family before their own needs,” said Ranee Guard, Summit Medical Group vice president of diagnostic and therapeutic services. “Just as Mother’s Day is a time to thank mothers for those sacrifices, it should be a time to encourage them to make their health and wellness a priority. A mammogram is a critical preventive tool, and we should take as many opportunities as possible to remind women to get screened.”

Mammography is a specialized medical imaging test that uses safe levels of low-radiation X-rays to help detect and evaluate changes in the breasts, which can help to diagnosis breast cancer. The earlier that breast cancer is found, the easier it is to treat successfully.

It’s recommended that women start receiving a screening mammogram annually starting as early as age 40, and each woman should discuss family history and risk factors with her physician to determine a personal health plan.

“A mammogram typically takes just 20 minutes, and it helps save lives,” Guard said. “This Mother’s Day, ask your mom – and other important mothers and women in your life – to give themselves the gift of good health and peace of mind through a mammogram.”

To schedule a mammogram at a Summit Diagnostics Center, call 865-588-8005. The centers are at the following three locations in Knoxville:

  • Summit Diagnostic Center at Cedar Bluff – 9333 Park West Blvd., Suite 102
  • Summit Diagnostic Center at Deane Hill – 7211 Wellington Drive, Suite 101 (lower level)
  • Summit Diagnostic Center at Fountain City – 103 Midlake Drive (lower level)

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About Summit Medical Group

Summit Medical Group is one of the largest primary care based organizations in East Tennessee with 230 physicians and more than 150 advanced practitioners providing care at over 50 practice locations in 12 East Tennessee counties. Summit also consists of four diagnostic centers, mobile diagnostic services, seven physical therapy centers, three express clinics, a central laboratory and a sleep services center. Summit provides healthcare services to more than 260,000 patients, averaging over one million encounters annually. Summit’s Statcare division, which includes 70 of the group’s physicians and 40 of its mid-level providers, delivers superior care for hospitalized patients. For more information, visit

Maria Cornelius