SCREENING SAVES LIVES – IT'S NEVER TOO LATE
Saint Mary's offers affordable breast cancer screenings and Saturday
RENO, Nev. – Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 – October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help
focus attention on the importance of having an early detection plan, Saint
Mary's wants to remind the community that it's never too late
for your annual mammogram or secondary dense tissue screening. During
the month of October, for cash patients, mammograms will be offered for
$89 and ABUS dense breast tissue screening will only be $125. To expand
access for patients, Saint Mary's will also offer weekend mammography
clinics at their south Reno campus on 18653 Wedge Parkway.
About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lives
and when breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the
five-year survival rate is 98 percent. The American Cancer Society suggests
that women ages 40 and older who have previously shown no symptoms of
breast cancer should undergo a yearly mammogram. For women ages 20-39
who are also without previous symptoms, a clinical breast examination
is recommended once every three years, with self-examination occurring
on a monthly basis.
While mammography remains the golden standard for early detection, finding
cancers in women with dense breast tissue can be limited with mammography
alone. Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the limitations
of mammography screening to detect cancer and nearly 40 percent of women
have dense breast tissue. That is why an Automated Breast Ultrasound System
(ABUS) screening is recommended in conjunction with a mammography for
women with dense breast tissue. ABUS screening, as a compliment to traditional
mammography, provides a clearer image of the breast tissue so a provider
may better differentiate healthy and cancerous tissue.
To schedule your mammogram, or for more information about ABUS and other
imaging services offered at Saint Mary's, call 775-770-3187 or visit
saintmarysreno.com/imaging. To schedule a Saturday appointment at Saint
Mary's south Reno location, call 775-770-7171.
Additionally, patients visiting one of Saint Mary's Flu and Fit clinics
can conveniently schedule their mammogram and secondary screening with
one of our providers. For a list of clinics, visit saintmarysmedicalgroup.com/fluandfit.
Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center
Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed
acute care and general medical/surgical hospital providing quality patient
care since 1908. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission,
Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated
Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery
delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room
and Senior ER and a Cardiology Program dedicated to long-term wellness.
The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group with
six primary care offices, four urgent care facilities and two retail clinics
and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing
community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health
and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit