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WCA Provides Free Breast Health Information and Speakers During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October


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From left, Dorothy Carlson, RT(R)(M), mammographer and certified breast patient navigator at WCA; Crystal Schwab, RT(R)(M), mammographer; Lyndon Gritters, M.D., board certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital; Deborah Anderson, RT(R)(M), mammographer; Dianne Courtney-Freeman, RT(R)(M), Patient Care Specialist/Senior Mammographer; Jean Sabulsky, RT(R)(M), mammographer. Shown in picture is a breast cancer quilt, hand-made sewn by local resident, Barb Green. The quilt will be raffled off and given to a lucky winner at the 4th Annual PINK Links Walk at Chautauqua Mall on November 1st. To purchase a raffle ticket(s) to win the quilt, stop by the Center For Imaging at WCA or call 664-8614.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, October 1, 2014)— In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the WCA Hospital Center For Imaging mammography, and wellness teams will provide “free” breast health education and awareness packets to the public. 

According to the American Cancer Society breast cancer is the second most common newly diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States.

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.

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, RT(R)(M), Patient Care Specialist/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.  Our mission is prevention and October breast cancer awareness month is a great opportunity to encourage women to make a promise to get a mammogram. It truly saves lives.”

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.  For information on low cost/no cost mammograms, contact the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program, at 1-800-506-9185.

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