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Mobile Mammo Coach coming back to the island

Stonegate Bank hosting Radiology Regional Center visit June 14

May 1, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

Stonegate Bank is bringing the Radiology Regional Center Mobile Mammo Coach back to the island on June 14 to provide residents with the opportunity to have their annual mammograms done.

The coach will pay a visit to Stonegate Bank from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to provide women with the opportunity to have a mammogram without having to visit one of Radiology Regional Center's many offices. The appointments typically take about 15 minutes to complete once the patient arrives on the coach.

Stonegate Bank teamed up with Radiology Regional four years ago to provide the service to island residents.

"We have had at least 250 women on that bus," Stearns said.

Stearns encourages everyone to take advantage of the coach visiting the island.

Individuals can call 239-936-2316 to schedule an appointment for June 14.

Fact Box

If You Go

What: Mammogram testing

Who: Radiology Regional Center Mobile

Mammo Coach

When: Friday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Stonegate Bank, 5551 Sunset Lane,

St. James City

Appointments: Call 239-936-2316

Women should bring the name and address of their primary care physician, medical insurance card and a picture ID to their appointment. If they do not have a primary care physician, staff will help find them one in case the patient needs follow-up care.

Anyone who had had their annual mammogram done last year somewhere other than Radiology Regional should bring information of where the test was done, so they can request the films in a quicker fashion. This is important because the doctor compares the old films from last year to the new ones this year to see if there is any significant difference in the breast tissue.

For those who do not have insurance, a discounted price of $150 is offered for self-pay patients.

The patient's base line report is generally sent to their primary care physician in four to five business days. The doctors will receive the full report and the patient will receive a little report card about their visit in 10 business days.

Those who have family history of breast cancer should begin having an annual screening done 10 years prior to the onset of that individual's diagnosis. For example, if the individual had an aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40, she would start having screenings done at the age of 30.



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