October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this month and all year round the Titusville Area Hospital (TAH) offers support, education, and testing to provide the earliest possible detection of breast cancer. TAH along with the Titusville Area Health Center Foundation also provides a program to support this initiative. The Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) fund began in 2010. Since then, over 384 mammograms have been performed on patients in the TAH service area free of charge. If an area of concern is detected on the screening mammogram and further diagnostic testing is necessary, the program will also cover the cost of diagnostic mammograms and Ultrasounds performed at TAH. The BCA fund is an ongoing program promoted to the community year-round but more heavily in October. Doctors and staff help to identify patients that could benefit from this program and provide counsel to them about testing.
The purpose of the BCA fund is to provide mammograms at no cost to those who are uninsured or underinsured. The goal is to decrease the incidence of advanced breast cancer in our community by increasing awareness and encouraging women to have annual mammograms as recommended by their healthcare providers and national guidelines. Yearly screenings are recommended for women over the age of 40. Early detection of breast cancer is critical to ensure the best prognosis. The program is mainly funded by the TAH Foundation and individual donors. For more information or to donate to this program contact the TAH at 814-827-1851 x1060. TAH is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to you and your family. Titusville Area Hospital, MORE than a hospital.