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Breast, Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Receives Grant

New Britain [April 01 2008] - The Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at The Hospital of Central Connecticut was recently awarded a $29,595 grant by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Connecticut Affiliate to help cover services for uninsured and underinsured women.

Grant funds will help cover services related to biopsies and breast cancer screening, including MRIs, scinti-mammograms, anesthesia and recovery room fees not reimbursable by the Early Detection Program.
This year the grant will also cover a new service: Computer Aided Detection (CAD). CAD lights up “hot spots” on a mammogram to alert the radiologist to perform a second look at a possible area of concern. All women receiving a mammogram through the Early Detection Program can now receive CAD services as well.

“This technology has been enormously helpful in aiding the radiologist to detect breast cancer early, when there’s greater opportunity for successful treatment,” said hospital radiologist Wanda M Kirejczyk, M.D. “We’re grateful to the Komen Foundation Connecticut Affiliate for this grant, which will help at least 500 women pay for CAD services they might not otherwise be able to afford.”

The Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is implemented statewide by the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Connecticut Department of Public Health. The program’s primary objective is to significantly increase the number of women without insurance who receive breast and cervical cancer screening services and diagnostic follow-up, as appropriate.

For information on the hospital’s Early Detection Program, contact Diane Walczok, case manager, (860) 224-5505.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366

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