CINCINNATI – Getting to the doctor during a hectic work week can be a daunting task, so Mercy Health is trying to make it as easy as possible for working women to schedule and get their annual mammogram.
Throughout the month of September the Mercy Health Mobile Mammography units will make 32 stops at various locations across the Tri-State. The health care provider has three mobile units that promise 15-minute screenings.
BELOW: FULL LIST OF MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY LOCATIONS
Since January 2013, Mercy Health Mobile Mammography’s newest mobile unit has offered 3D imaging known as breast tomosynthesis that can help increase the chance of detecting breast cancer early. Mercy Health officials say their mobile program was the first in region to offer this technology.
That same year the technology was introduced at Mercy Health an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States, according to data from the Susan G. Komen Foundation . That's in addition to the estimated 64,640 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
Health care professionals advise all women over 40 or who are at a high risk for the disease to have an annual mammogram and physical exam by a doctor. The earlier breast cancer is found and diagnosed, the better your chances of beating it.
"While annual screening mammograms don't prevent breast cancer, they save lives by detecting breast cancer as early as possible," said Hilary Shapiro-Wright, a Mercy Health physician and breast surgeon.
While they aren't perfect, mammograms have been shown to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer by 35 percent in women over the age of 50, according to BreastCancer.org . In women between ages 40 and 50, the risk reduction appears to be somewhat less.
Doctors also remind women to perform a regular self-exam and visit your doctor if they experience breast changes.
If you plan to take advantage of one of the Mercy Health screenings you should know they are not free of charge.
For best coverage, please verify that Mercy Health and The Jewish Hospital are in-network providers with your insurance carrier. There are financial assistance programs available for people who are uninsured or underinsured, or have high deductibles.
Please make your appointment by calling 513-686-3300 or 1-855-PINK123 (1-855-746-5123). Appointments are required.