MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
The best method currently to reduce deaths due to breast cancer is through early detection. Clinical breast exams, breast self-exams, and mammograms can save lives. To help promote the importance of prevention and early detection, the WVU Cancer Institute will offer discount mammogram clinics in May at both Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center.
The 3D tomosynthesis digital mammography screening clinics will be held each Saturday in May in Berkeley County at the Women’s Imaging Center, 880 Tennessee Avenue (MOB3) in Martinsburg. Jefferson Medical Center will offer screening mammograms each Saturday except for May 26 at the Women’s Imaging Center located at 207 S. Preston Street in Ranson. All screenings will be scheduled from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
3D breast tomo for breast cancer screening represents the latest screening and diagnostic technology available. This revolutionary technology gives radiologist the ability to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. Images are used to produce a series of one-millimeter-thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.
These screening mammograms will be offered at a discounted community service fee of $60 (cash, check, or credit card only), which includes the test and the interpretation by a radiologist. This discount mammogram program is open to anyone age 35 and older.
Although a physician’s order is not required to participate in the mammogram clinics, any patients without a physician will be assigned a physician to receive the test results. All patients participating in the screening mammogram clinics must register in advance.
To schedule a screening mammogram at the Women’s Imaging Center at Berkeley Medical Center or Jefferson Medical Center, call 844-802-2734, option 2.
For individuals who cannot afford the $60 fee, limited funds are available through the University Healthcare Foundation Cancer Comfort Fund. Criteria must be met in order to be eligible for this funding. For more information, call the Foundation office at 304-264-1223.
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