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Mobile Mammo Coach to stop at Stonegate Bank

June 12, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Radiology Regional Center Mobile Mammo Coach will make a stop at Stonegate Bank Friday, June 14, for those women who want to have their annual mammograms done.

Stonegate Bank Pine Island Office Vice President Elsie Stearns said October 2012 started the beginning of the third year the bank has partnered with Radiology Regional to offer the service to the women of Pine Island. She said the nice thing about the continued partnerships is women are planning their annual mammogram because of the convenient service of brining the coach to the island.

"They are getting their annual mammos because it has been here for three years," Stearns said. "It affords us a luxury of not having to take a half day off of work to have this done."

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She said she hopes the partnership will continue for many years to come.

Although the coach will be at the bank from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Stearns said it will stay longer if individuals make an appointment for a specific time after 2 p.m. by calling 239-939-4068.

The appointments typically take about 15 minutes to complete once the patient arrives on the coach.

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If You Go

What: Mammogram testing

Who: Radiology Regional Center Mobile

Mammo Coach

When: Friday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Stonegate Bank, 5551 Sunset Lane,

St. James City

Appointments: Call 239-939-2316

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.

Stearns said the coach will return to the bank in August.



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