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Removing Barriers to Breast Cancer Care


An Abramson Cancer Center Penn breast cancer patient was once overheard saying:

There is only one thing worse than having cancer – not being able to afford it.

Financial cost remains a barrier to cancer screenings - and cancer treatment itself - among low-income women. While multiple factors contribute to racial and socioeconomic disparities in breast cancer death rates, a lower utilization of mammograms is consistently one of them.

Compounding the problem is the continuing debate over what age and how often women should get mammograms. The American Cancer Society's recommendations remain at odds with the latest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Task Force recommends that routine screenings for average-risk women begin at age 50 and continue to be given every two years, instead of yearly mammograms beginning at age 40.

While the debate continues on, one thing remains constant. Mammograms remain the best, "first-line-of-defense" screening test available for the early detection of breast cancer. 

In an effort to help women in need and also ultimately save lives, Ari D. Brooks, MD, director of the Integrated Breast Center and Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital, and Carmen Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP, associate professor of Medicine and associate chief of staff of the Abramson Cancer Center, and president of the East Central Division of the American Cancer Society, teamed up to create a grassroots program, the Penn Medicine Breast Health Initiative (PMBHI).

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Annette Tantillo Named Senior Director of Clinical Financial Services

Congratulations to Annette Tantillo who has been promoted to Senior Director of Clinical Financial Services for Pennsylvania Hospital. This new position is an expansion of Tantillo’s role as she will be the Administrative Revenue Liaison ...Full story

Congratulations to the Q315 PAH CAREs Grant Recipients!

Paul Giannette, Hall-Mercer Behavioral Health Services, for the Summer Therapeutic Day Program for children ages four to six years old who have emotional and social problems. The aim of the program is to ready the children for mainstream...Full story

Give Life a Second Chance

Each day, 21 people in the United States die while waiting for an organ transplant. Thousands more await a life-enhancing tissue transplant. Still, only 46 percent of Pennsylvanians have registered to become organ and tissue donors. In h...Full story

Eat Local and Fresh with a Greensgrow CSA Membership

You can eat great local and fresh foods for six months out of the year with a Greensgrow City Supported Agriculture (CSA)membership. It’s also a great way to support local farms and the local economy, all the while creating a convenient, ...Full story

Onsite Biometric Screenings Coming to PAH!

Schedule your screening today: May 26, 7:00am-12:30pm May 27, 7:00am-12:30pm May 27, 5:00pm-9:00pm May 28, 7:00am-12:30pm Dont see a time that works for you? No worries! See the full schedule of location and times....Full story

FREE Skin Cancer Screenings at Penn Medicine

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month According to the Centers for Disease Control, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Most cases are preventable, yet despite efforts to increase awareness about risk factors and pr...Full story

Take Steps to Cure Sarcoma!

Steps for a Cure
Cancer impacts so many of us, either directly or indirectly. Please join us in the fight to end Sarcoma Cancers. This can only happen with significant funds for necessary and valuable research. Every dollar that is raised will go directly...Full story

Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine Turns 250

PSOM 250th
As PAH celebrated its 264th birthday this week, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is also celebrating its 250th. To Spread the Light of Knowledge: 250 Years of the Nations First Medical Schoolis a limited-e...Full story

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Penn Mindfulness
May – June Penn Program for Mindfulness Special Event and Spring 2015 Course Offerings October 3-42015 Bike MS: City to Shore Ride …………………………………………………………………………………………...Full story

The Pennsylvania Hospital Auxiliary Labor of Love, Legacy of Support

Auxillary PAH
Women have not always received their due credit throughout history, including the history of health care. In this issue of What’s New, we’re celebrating the rich history and legacy of the Pennsylvania Hospital Auxiliary. From the women in 1...Full story

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