The systemwide initiative promotes mammograms and makes them easy to receive
“Early detection, before symptoms become obvious, is one of the best ways to win the battle against breast cancer,” said Robin Skrine, M.D., director of breast health for Geisinger. “The American Society of Breast Surgeons and other leading health groups all agree that more lives are saved with annual mammograms beginning at age 40. These recommendations change if there is a history of breast cancer or other health-related risks in the patient’s history.”
Along with bathing hospitals in pink light, Geisinger will send its mobile mammogram bus throughout the system’s footprint. The pink bus will be available:
• Oct. 2 – 6: 480 Pierce St., Kingston
• Oct. 9 – 13: 4200 Hospital Road, Coal Township
• Oct. 16 – 20: 35 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top
• Oct. 23 – 27: 1 E. Norwegian St., Pottsville
Patients can schedule mammograms through MyGeisinger or by calling 570-271-6000.
Geisinger will also host two breast cancer related events during October. Join Hydra Health at the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center Oct. 24 for a spa event from 2 – 5 pm. The spa event is open to employees, patients, their caregivers and family members and will feature makeup tutorials, oncology massages and facials. Women’s imaging will also be at the event helping patients who need a mammogram schedule their appointments.
Dr. Skrine and other members of the care team will host a virtual doc talk Oct. 25 from 6 – 7 p.m. to discuss key topics related to breast cancer. Learn about treatment options, meet some of the care team members and ask questions related to breast cancer treatment and care. To register, visit events.geisinger.org.
“We are committed to raising awareness on the importance of early detection of breast cancer in our communities while also remembering all of the loved ones we’ve lost and all of those currently going through treatment,” added Dr. Skrine.
To learn more about breast cancer care at Geisinger, visit geisinger.org/breastcare.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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