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When the final Phase 3 data came out last November showing the mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna were more than 90% effective, Dr. Anthony Fauci had no words. He texted smiley face emojis to a journalist seeking his reaction.

FLORENCE, S.C. – McLeod Registered Nurse Amy Norton Gainey chose a career in nursing because she has always been fascinated with the medical profession. In fact, for career day in third grade, she went to school as Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Nearly seven years ago, McLeod Health made the decision to establish a lung cancer screening program to detect lung cancer earlier and save lives through the use of low-dose lung CT scans.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States, more than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined.

Practicing women’s health care in the state of South Carolina, especially in the rural area of the Pee Dee, presents its own unique set of challenges and rewards. When considering the challenges presented in our state it’s helpful to look at what the data is telling us. According to the latest South Carolina Health Assessment conducted by the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (SC-DHEC) the prevalence of South Carolina women delaying medical care due to cost was higher than South Carolina males.

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