Mammography Screening Offered at NIH
Once again, the George Washington University (GWU) Breast Care Center will be on campus to offer mobile mammography screening. The NIH worksite health promotion action committee (WHPAC) has arranged to offer this convenient screening opportunity to NIH'ers and their families. The schedule is as follows:
The mammography van is made possible by a grant from the Cancer Research Foundation of America, and is certified by the Food and Drug Administration. Trained female technologists will conduct the screenings and a board-certified radiologist specializing in mammography will interpret the films. The GWU Breast Care Center will send a report of the results to the person being screened and her doctor and will make appropriate referrals to the GWU medical center system for those who want it.
One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. The chance of getting breast cancer increases with age. When breast cancer is found and treated early, the 5-year survival rate is about 90 percent. Mammography detects breast cancer in the earliest, most treatable stages. Mobile mammography is safe, quick and convenient.
Each appointment should take about 20 minutes. The cost is $75 and can be paid by check or credit card at the time the mammogram is performed. Receipts will be available to submit to insurance companies for reimbursement. Women should direct questions about insurance reimbursement to their personal carrier. To schedule an appointment or ask questions about the GWU Breast Care Center and mobile mammography program, call (202) 994-9999.
Women should ask their doctor specific questions about the appropriate mammography screening schedule for them. For general information about mammography and breast cancer, call the National Cancer Institute Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER. General comments or suggestions about worksite mammography or any other initiative offered by WHPAC may be directed to Susanne Strickland, Federal Bldg., Rm. 6C10 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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