Walk-in Mammograms offered at St. Vincent

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Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer.  That’s why Saint Vincent, along with all the hospitals of the Allegheny Health Network, will host its first Perfectly Pink Event on Saturday, October 21, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, offering walk-in screening mammography to area women. The Perfectly Pink Event will take place at the Saint Vincent Women’s Center, 311 West 24 Street, Erie.
 
The event, held in recognition of national breast cancer awareness month, will allow women to walk in, without an appointment, and have their regular mammography screening completed at 10 AHN locations across western Pennsylvania, including Saint Vincent.  The event also offers women the opportunity to get their mammogram on a weekend day. 
 
Light refreshments will be served and participants will receive giveaways.
 
In order to have a mammogram, it must have been 11 months since the patient’s last mammography screening.  Some insurance companies require 12 months. Patients will be responsible for copays and other out-of-pocket expenses as determined by their health insurance plan.
 
A physician’s order is required for women having their mammogram at Saint Vincent.  Participants can call their doctor’s office and ask that the order be faxed to 814-452-7049. Those who would prefer the convenience of an appointment that day can call
814-866.4850.
 
“Regular mammography is the best ammunition for women over the age of 40 in the fight against breast cancer,” said Saint Vincent breast surgeon, Jennifer Saldanha, MD. “With the Perfectly Pink Event, we are trying to remove the barrier of having to schedule an appointment, making it as easy as possible for women to receive this potentially lifesaving screening.”
 
The Saint Vincent Women’s Center now offers breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, which takes multiple images in “slices” that allow doctors to see internal breast tissue in sharp detail, minimizing false-positive and false-negative readings. Saint Vincent also now provides Breast MRI as a supplemental tool for breast imaging.
 
Those who receive mammograms at this event are encouraged to encourage friends to also get a mammogram on social media. They can find helpful, lighthearted tools for doing so on Highmark Inc. “Nudge Kit,” which can be found at www.allforhealth.com. The kit uses humor to “nudge” their family and friends to get cancer screenings.
 

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