Mobile Mammography Screening with The Rose - Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
A Message from the UH Student Health Center Chief Physician/Executive Director
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This fall, the University of Houston will once again partner with The Rose to deliver on site mammograms to those women who have yet to get their annual screening.
The American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer states:
Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.
Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening.
Yearly screening can lead to early detection,improved treatment options, AND most importantly, survival.
Unfortunately, many women report that one of the main reasons for missing their annual exam is time away from work. To eliminate this barrier, the University’sPOWER UP Employee Wellness program is bringing mammograms to the work place. For your convenience, the on-campus exams will be offered on two days: Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in The Rose’s state-of-the-art mobile mammography unit. It will be located in Lot 19Fbetween the Power Plant and Technology Annex (near the M.D. Anderson Library). To take advantage of this opportunity, please go online to REGISTER (Code: UH) for a time that works for you today as limited spots are available. If you have difficulty registering, call 281-464-5136 for help in making your appointment in English or Spanish.
For the screenings, 3D and 2D mammography exams will be offered and generally only take about 20 minutes. Considered preventive care, mammograms are covered by most insurance carriers. Employees with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HealthSelect are eligible to participate in this mobile mammograms offering with no co-pay and no additional out-of-pocket expense. Those with other insurance are encouraged to call or visit The Rose online to find out if they are eligible to participate at no-cost. If you have questions about coverage, the no-insurance sponsorship program, or any other aspects of the exam, the friendly staff at The Rose can assist you.
Patient requirements for mobile mammogram screenings include:
Must be 40 or older
Must have a doctor
Must not be pregnant or currently breast feeding
Must not have any breast symptoms or problems
Must not have had breast cancer in the last 2 years
Must not have had a mammogram in the last 12 months
I encourage you to REGISTER online early (Code UH) to take advantage of this on-campus screening opportunity, or to schedule your yearly exam with your personal healthcare provider today. Take time to take care of you. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make your health a priority. Sincere
Vanessa K. Tilney, M.D.
Chief Physician/Executive Director, UH Student Health Center