People in Muscatine can now take advantage of a no-cost breast cancer screening through UnityPoint Health® – Trinity Muscatine. Funding for the breast cancer screening program is possible thanks to the generosity of the Trinity Muscatine Foundation.
“We are committed to our mission of improving the health of the people and communities we serve. We recognize the ongoing need for and importance of ensuring our community has access to breast cancer screenings and diagnostic services and are providing financial assistance to those who qualify,” says Rachel Pohl, executive director for UnityPoint Health – Trinity Muscatine.
Through the Trinity Muscatine Foundation, people can access breast cancer screening and diagnostic services at no cost. To qualify, patients must be either uninsured or underinsured. Patients can request a screening mammogram from their primary care provider and then call 563-264-9205 to schedule.
Pohl says early detection of breast cancer leads to better outcomes and higher survival rates. Yet, far too many people are putting off this important preventive measure.
“Regular screening mammography simply saves lives,” says Melinda Hass, MD, medical director of Trinity’s Breast Health Center: “Waiting or putting off entirely a recommended screening can have dire consequences. Today, not tomorrow, is the best time to call us to get scheduled.”
Patient financial assistance for breast imaging covers both the technical and professional components of:
• Mammogram – screening or diagnostic.
• Ultrasound – manual or automated.
• Core Biopsy, if recommended.
Uninsured or underinsured patients are eligible.
“Cancer screening plays a critical role in the health of our community members,” says Pohl. “We’re grateful to donors who are removing any financial burden for those mothers, daughters, partners, or friends who need these lifesaving screenings.”
The American College of Radiology recommends annual mammography screening starting at age 40 for women of average risk of developing breast cancer.
Higher-risk women should start mammographic screening earlier. Women should complete monthly self-breast exams to note changes in the look or feel of their breasts.
“If you are at risk because of family history or other factors, we can help. We’ll give you an individual assessment and review the results with you,” says Hass. “And if you need treatment, our Breast Health Center can provide it close to home.”
Always report changes to your healthcare provider and call to schedule an examination.
“Although breast cancer in men is rare, men should be aware of their risk factors and discuss any changes or symptoms with their healthcare provider. Men at high risk should start their routine exams at 35,” says Hass.
UnityPoint Health – Trinity Breast Health Center provides routine mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and complex breast care to fit into your busy life.
As an accredited Breast Center of Excellence, you can expect modern technology and accurate results. Our breast center coordinators help you through each step, including communicating with your doctors.
If you need help finding a primary care provider, call 563-262-6294.