JAMESTOWN - In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the WCA Hospital Center For Imaging mammography, hospitality and wellness teams will provide "free" breast health education and awareness packets to the public.
Free pamphlets, brochures, self-examination cards, wallet-size mammogram reminder cards, and A Guide on Breast Cancer Care are available by contacting Dorothy Carlson, mammographer and certified breast patient navigator at the Center For Imaging, at (716) 664-8163.
The Center For Imaging's mammography and ultrasound team and other health professionals are available to speak to area businesses, agencies and support groups on screening, symptoms, diagnosis treatment and way to protect yourself against breast cancer. To schedule a health care professional for your group meeting, contact the WCA Hospital Speaker's Bureau at 664-8614.
From left, Dorothy Carlson, mammographer and certified breast patient navigator at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA; Christina Reynolds, director of Hospitality Services; and Toni DeAngelo, R.N., Community Health & Wellness director, participate in fun-filled, educational activities with staff at WCA Hospital during October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For free breast health information, call (716) 664-8163.
The Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA, the only Center in Chautauqua County to be designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, provides same-day mammogram results and has expanded its health and wellness program with the addition of two certified breast patient navigators who are specially trained to coordinate the clinical, educational and supportive needs of individuals who are scheduled for breast health testing at the Center For Imaging.
"From the time of the patient's initial mammogram, our breast patient navigators are available for our patients, providing education, support and assistance in maintaining good breast health care," said Dianne Courtney-Freeman, senior radiologic technologist/certified mammographer and certified breast patient navigator on staff at WCA. "National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to raise awareness that the best defense against breast cancer is early detection with regular mammograms and manual self-examinations."
To schedule a mammogram, contact the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at (716) 664-8448. For information on low cost/no cost mammograms, contact the Chautauqua County Cancer Services Program, at 1-800-506-9185.