(BUTLER, PA) Screening increases the chances that cancer will be caught at its earliest stages, when it is most curable. Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cancer Institute will offer the third in a series of free cancer screenings on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 at AHN Cancer Institute – Butler, located at 160 Hollywood Dr., Butler PA 16001.
Due to limited openings, registration is required and may be made by calling 412-359-6665. Deadline for registration is Aug. 6.
Screenings will be available for breast cancer (for ages 40-plus), cervical cancer (ages 21-65), colorectal cancers (age 50+), head and neck cancers (age 18+), lung cancer (ages 50-80 with a history of smoking), prostate cancer (ages 45+) and skin cancer (ages 18+). The event is open to AHN and non-AHN patients, and health insurance is not required.
Screenings for breast and lung cancer will take place at AHN’s Wexford Health & Wellness Pavilion, 12311 Perry Highway, Wexford.
“In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are very concerned that many people have missed regular cancer screenings due to fears of contracting the virus in a health care setting,” said David Bartlett, MD, Chair, AHN Cancer Institute. “The upcoming event at AHN Cancer Institute – Butler is a great opportunity for residents of Butler County and surrounding areas to conveniently schedule important screening tests that can help us detect early-stage cancers.”
The American Cancer Society urges all people to follow recommendations for regular cancer screenings and to take steps to prevent cancer, including not smoking, exercising, staying at a healthy weight, following a healthy diet and limiting alcohol consumption.
AHN is taking numerous steps to help patients stay safe in its facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic including around-the-clock disinfecting and screening, spaced appointments, distancing in waiting areas and use of personal protective equipment. All patients attending the Butler County event will be screened for COVID-19 on the day before the event and on arrival at either facility.