Alliance Community Hospital Honors National Mammography Day
As Oct. 20 honors National Mammography Day, the staff at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />AllianceCommunityHospital's Women's ImagingCenter encourages all women to get their yearly mammogram if they have not done so already.
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According to Ramona Weitz, Imaging/Mammography coordinator, maintaining good breast health is very important for women.
â€œPrevention is key,â€ said Weitz. â€œThrough annual mammograms, along with regular self exams, it is easier to detect early signs of breast cancer.â€
Weitz added when patients come to the Center for a mammogram, they do their best to make sure each patient feels comfortable and knows exactly what to expect during the exam.
â€œPrior to the exam, we give the patient information sheets that explain exactly what will happen during the procedure,â€ said Weitz. â€œIt helps the patient to feel more at ease.â€
The Center provides a private environment solely for women, with separate dressing areas and exam rooms. There is also a private conference room where patients can discuss their exams one-on-one with a radiologist or technician.
Along with mammograms, the Center also conducts other procedures pertaining to women's health, including ultra sounds and bone density screenings.
In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the department this month has been giving pink ribbon cups with pens and mints, along with helpful information and healthy recipes, to those who come in a for a mammogram.
â€œIt's a great way to make our patients feel special,â€ said Weitz.
The department is also a supporter of the â€œPink Ribbon Project,â€ which provides free mammograms and Pap tests to women 40 or older living in Portage, Stark, Summit or WayneCounties who are not covered by Medicaid or do have health insurance.
For more information or to schedule a mammogram, contact the Women's Imaging Center at 330-596-7187 or click here to go to the Mammography page on the hospital's Web site.