Medical center offers screenings for breast cancer

UPMC Susquehanna is offering a variety of educational events and screenings to raise breast cancer awareness in the region.

“We wanted to not only promote awareness with pink — lighting up our hospitals and wearing pink — but also to offer educational opportunities and life-saving screenings to our community,” said Brenda Manchester, director of Breast Health Services at UPMC Susquehanna.

The group is offering $55 mammograms throughout the month. The screenings are for uninsured and underinsured individuals and are intended to improve access to mammograms for those with no insurance or very minimal coverage. The screenings will be offered on a first come, first served basis, and appointments are necessary. A full listing of screening dates, times, locations, and phone numbers to schedule appointments is available at UPMCSusquehanna.org/DiscountScreenings.

“A regular mammogram could save your life or someone you love,” Manchester commented. “In its early stages, breast cancer is at its most treatable, and mammography is one of the best tools available for determining breast health, cancer risks and detecting abnormalities early.”

In addition to the mammograms, every Friday Breast Health Services staff will have educational tables set up in the lobbies of Williamsport Regional Medical Center and Divine Providence Hospital, both in Williamsport.

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