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University Medical Center Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a Breast Health and Cancer Symposium & Discounted Mammograms

(NEW ORLEANS) – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, University Medical Center (University Medical Center) New Orleans’ Cancer Center is kicking off the month of October with its first-ever Breast Health and Cancer Symposium on Saturday, October 1, 2016, and by offering discounted mammograms and extended mammogram hours to the community all month long.

Breast Health and Cancer Symposium
Saturday, October 1, 2016
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
University Medical Center New Orleans, Conference Center, Room J
Parking in Garage: 2001 Tulane Avenue

The symposium will provide those in the community with a wide variety of seminars on many aspects of breast health, breast cancer treatment, and comprehensive breast health services offered at University Medical Center. The symposium is free and open to the public, and each lecture will be followed by a brief Q&A session. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and participants will have a chance to win door prizes. Immediately following the symposium, from 3 – 5 p.m., symposium attendees will have the opportunity to receive a mammogram at a discounted rate if they choose to do so.

University Medical Center will offer a discounted rate and extended hours for screening mammograms and 3D mammograms (Tomosynthesis) throughout the month of October. Screening mammograms will be offered at a flat rate of $100 and the 3D mammograms may be added on for only $50. These rates will apply to self-pay patients only and insurance will not be filed. For anyone with insurance coverage for these services, insurance will be filed at the normal rate. Saturdays in October (8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th) will be available for mammogram appointments and late walk-ins from 9 – 11 a.m. All Tuesdays in October will have extended mammogram hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Special Mammogram Pricing
Screening Mammograms:
Screening Mammogram plus 3D Mammogram: $150

Extended Mammogram Screening Hours in October
Monday – Friday:
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
All Tuesdays in October: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays (October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th): 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

The Breast Health and Cancer Symposium lectures will cover a wide variety of educational topics across many aspects of breast health from experts in the field, including:

  • Clinical Trials: The NCORP, CITN, and Moonshot Initiative by Augusto Ochoa, MD
  • Your Breast Radiologist and You: Mammograms, Ultrasound, MRI and Maybe…a Biopsy by Mike Morin, MD
  • Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program: Helping Those Most in Need in Our Community by Donna William, D.Ph.d.
  • Breast Cancer Genomics: The Basics of How it Affects You and Your Family by Lucio Miele, MD/PhD
  • Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: What Are My Options? by Oren Tessler, MD
  • Nutrition and Breast Cancer: Should I Change My Diet? by Laura Kerns, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN
  • The Patient Nurse Navigator: Who Are They, What Do They Do and How Can They Help Me? by Delia Young, RN
  • Everything You Need to Know About Breast Cancer: A to Z by Adam I. Riker, MD, FACS
  • Health insurance and You: Navigating the Maze and How We Can Help by Kara Levine, LMSW, QSSW

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reach those in most need of breast health information,” said Adam Riker, MD, FACS, LSU Health New Orleans, a surgical oncologist at University Medical Center New Orleans. “These lectures, funded by a grant through Susan G. Komen New Orleans, will give participants a better understanding of breast health and the resources available to those affected by breast cancer – from prevention to treatment and more.”

About one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and New Orleans has one of the highest breast cancer death rates in the state, according to the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program. The Cancer Center at University Medical Center New Orleans is helping to shed light on this disease beyond October by offering the community breast health and cancer tools, education, and services beyond October.

"From our brand-new, state-of-the-art facility, to our year-round bi-monthly lunch lecture series featuring breast health and cancer experts, University Medical Center New Orleans Cancer Center aims to provide premiere care accessible to all in the best environment possible," said David Brandt, University Medical Center Cancer Center Director.