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Physicians for Early Detection

Local Radiologists and Foundation Team Up For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

"Physicians for Early Detection" project provides mammograms at no cost to patients

SALINAS, CA, October 13, 2010: Radiologists practicing at the Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center announced they will donate their time and expertise to a new project, Physicians for Early Detection, in order to provide mammograms at no cost to women in need. The physicians have teamed up with the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation to provide 31 no-cost mammograms for low-income women—one mammogram for each day of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The project was created as a way to reach out to community women in need who might otherwise go without this vital service.

The American Cancer Society reports that other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women. As with most diseases, early detection is the key to successful intervention. Unfortunately, some women are forced to put off important medical services like mammograms for financial reasons. Physicians for Early Detection aims to change that reality for 31 women in October.

"This project could create a healthier tomorrow for some women in our community who might have had to forgo this important screening," said Amy Lantis Stemerman, Medical Director of The Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center. "As physicians who care about the health of our patients, we feel it is important that access to good medical care is available to those who need it. That's why we are pleased to come together with the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation to provide these screening mammograms at no cost to low-income women."

The Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation will underwrite a portion of the cost of a mammogram. Physicians will refer their qualifying patients for a free screening at the Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center. Opened this year and named after the philanthropic efforts of Nancy Ausonio, the Center stands as a tribute to a woman who has worked unselfishly for the benefit of others. The Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center utilizes state-of-the-art technologies including digital mammography to ensure crystal clear, accurate images. The spacious Center features four mammography rooms, three ultrasound suites—one specially-equipped for ultrasound-guided biopsies—a dedicated room for computer-aided biopsies, and changing rooms with lockers, all in a soothing, comfortable environment.

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