Grant to cover screenings for breast cancer


Benefits area women in Mason, Meigs, Gallia

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POINT PLEASANT — Pleasant Valley Hospital announces the Susan G. Komen of West Virginia has awarded a grant to the Center for Women’s Health at PVH.

The grant will help women in the community by covering diagnostic testing costs for breast cancer as well as the cost for annual mammogram screenings, follow-up mammograms, copayments, mileage and hotel expenses.

At the Center for Women’s Health at PVH, the grant from Komen will support an initiative that helps hundreds of women in the community defray costs associated with diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The program will involve covering charges for insurance co-pays, breast exams, mammogram screenings, follow-up mammograms, ultrasounds and stereotactic biopsies.

“The highly specialized physicians and nurses at Pleasant Valley Hospital are focused on saving lives from this horrible disease, while at the same time establishing foundations that better the odds for future generations to survive breast cancer. We understand the importance of early detection, risk factors, and taking immediate action if anything is irregular. We want to make certain women in the community know we can provide them with immediate access to the services they need to detect breast cancer as early as possible and, if needed, face a diagnosis with the best possible medical and surgical care available,” stated Mohamed Alsharedi, MD, Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center oncologist and hematologist at PVH.

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and Komen West Virginia is one of over a hundred affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative breast health programs that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, medical supplies, financial assistance (including emergency living expenses and insurance co-pays), as well as patient and family support.

“At Komen West Virginia, we conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered the need this grant meets. We are confident that through the Center for Women’s Health at PVH, hundreds of women in the community Pleasant Valley Hospital serves will have low-cost access to the care they need,” stated Dawn Holstein, grant chair, Susan G. Komen West Virginia.

Submitted by PVH.

Benefits area women in Mason, Meigs, Gallia

Staff Report