October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
The best method currently to reduce deaths due to breast cancer is through early detection.
To help promote the importance of prevention and early detection, the WVU Cancer Institute in Martinsburg will offer discount mammogram clinics in October at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center.
The 3D tomo digital screening clinic will be held Oct. 24 at the Women’s Imaging Center in Spring Mills, a department of Berkeley Medical Center, and the Women’s Imaging Center Ranson, a department of Jefferson Medical Center. All screenings will be scheduled beginning at 8 a.m.
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 40 and older.
“This special discounted fee was designed to help patients who have not met their deductible or have a high deductible,” Teresa McCabe, vice president of marketing and development, said.
“It also helps patients whose insurance doesn’t include a mammogram with the annual exam and patients with no insurance.”
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 discounted screening mammogram at the WVU Medicine Women’s Imaging Center in Ranson or Spring Mills, phone 844-802-2734, option #2.
For individuals who cannot afford the $60 fee, limited funds are available through the WVU Medicine East Foundation’s cancer comfort fund. Criteria must be met in order to be eligible for this funding. For more information, call 304-264-1223.