Evangelical Wants Patients to Be Proactive with their Health
LEWISBURG – As we Paint The Valley Pink this month with Evangelical Community Hospital, their first message to women is being proactive with your health can save your life. Andrea Bertram is the Operations Director of Women’s Health and Cancer Services at Evangelical tells us, that means get your mammogram now.
“If we do it every year, we can pick up really subtle changes and the earlier we find cancer, the more treatable it is. This is a very treatable cancer – breast cancer. The earlier we find it, the better the outcome,” she says.
Even if you think you can’t afford it, Bertram says contact the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health anyway, “We can give you an estimate up front. We can let you know, if you have a high deductable, what that will be and if you tell us you can’t do it, we’re gonna work with you. We have grant funds. The Cookin’ Men event that’s coming up, all those funds go directly to screening mammograms and diagnostic mammograms.”
Bertram says last year, 413 imaging studies were conducted thanks to the Paint The Valley Pink initiative and Cookin’ Men. There are also resources available for the small percentage of men who may need diagnostic mammograms. She also says patients in Snyder and Northumberland counties also have money available for screenings.
To start the scheduling process, patients should start with their primary care physician or OBYN/practitioner. Then you can contact the Thyra M. Humphreys Center at 570-522-4200 or visit evanhospital.com. Listen to more on the WKOK.com Podcast Page or wherever you listen to podcasts.