The evening will include free clinical breast exams at the Cancer Center clinic. A clinical breast exam is a physical exam of the breast performed by a healthcare provider to check for lumps or other changes as defined by the National Cancer Institute.
Bonnie’s Bus, WVU’s digital mammography center on wheels, will be available for mammography screening. Medicare, Medicaid, the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and all private insurances will be accepted to cover the cost of screening on Bonnie’s Bus. Funding is available so that no woman over 40 is turned away. Any additional tests needed for a participant that evening will be provided by the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center.
“October is the most popular month for raising breast cancer awareness, but we want to keep the momentum going beyond just one month of the year,” Jame Abraham, M.D., medical director of the Cancer Center Service Line of WVU Healthcare, said. “Our breast cancer screening evening is a collaborative effort to provide women in our community with the expertise, technologies and services available to help them maintain proper breast health. We hope they will take advantage of it.”
Advance registration is required for the clinical breast exams at the Cancer Center. Please call Pam Foley at 304-598-4500 to register. Anyone interested in having a mammogram only that evening can call the same number to schedule an appointment.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should keep on doing so for as long as they are in good health.
For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087