10/17/2011

WVU Cancer Center to offer free clinical breast exams

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University will offer free clinical breast exams from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24 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.

“A clinical breast exam should be part of every woman’s regular medical checkup at least every three years starting at age 20,” Jame Abraham, M.D., director of the WVU Breast Care Program, said. “When a woman turns 40, she should also begin having yearly mammograms. The combined screenings complement each other and increase the chances of early detection of breast cancer.” 

Breast imaging will be available at the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center the evening of the exams, if a follow-up mammogram or ultrasound is warranted for a participant. The mammograms and ultrasounds are not free, but billing to insurers is provided. Women who lack insurance may be matched to government or nonprofit charities.

Advance registration is required. Please call Pam Foley at 304-598-4500 to register.

Anyone interested in having a mammogram only that evening can call the same number for an appointment at the Breast Care Center.

For information on the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center see www.wvucancer.org.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuhealthcare.com
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