Monongahela Valley Hospital Offers Free Breast Cancer Education Program/Luncheon

(September 27, 2016 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital and the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion Regional Cancer Center will present a free Breast Cancer Education and Screening Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 12:30 p.m. in the hospital's Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center.

The event is free to everyone who registers and will feature a light lunch, guest speakers, information regarding early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer optional breast examinations and vendor displays.

The program will begin with a personal story from Megan Finnegan, who tested positive for the My Risk gene. Breast Surgeon, Natalie Furgiuele, M.D., F.A.C.S., will present an informative program on the benefits of early diagnosis along with the therapies offered to treat breast cancer. A representative from Myriad Genetics, an industry leader in hereditary genetic testing will explain the benefits of genetic testing for people who have a higher risk (hereditary) of developing certain types of cancers including breast, ovarian, endometrial, gastric, colorectal, pancreatic, melanoma and prostate.

Following the optional physical breast exams by members of the hospital's medical staff, a mammogram will be scheduled for any woman who has an abnormal finding during the screening. Routine yearly mammograms may also be scheduled for women who have a family history of breast cancer, who fall into a high-risk category and who have never had a baseline mammogram or who meet the recommended age guidelines.

"Knowledge is power and this program will increase awareness of this important issue in women's lives," said Lisa Eicher, MSN, RN, OCN, MVH's oncology nurse navigator. "Our speakers' clinical experiences and expertise will make this a valuable and timely presentation for our guests."

Advance registration is required by calling MVH's registration hotline at 724-258-1333.

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