Women Urged to Get Health Screenings during National Women’s Health Week

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (May 13, 2013) – This week health organizations across the country will ask women to make their health and well being a priority during national Women’s Health Week.

 “As the primary caregivers in the family, women tend to neglect themselves and focus on caring for their families,’’ said Kathy Webster, Vice President of Patient Services at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “It’s essential for women to pay attention to their health. Having regular health screenings is an important way to do this.’’

National Women’s Health Week isan opportunity for all women to prioritize their health and well-being by scheduling annual screenings and exams. The Affordable Health Care Act allows women with private health insurance to receive preventive health services at no additional cost.

Kathy Kiernan, Administrative Director of Radiology at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, said that women 40 and over should have an annual mammography.

“Having an annual mammography is key to early detection of breast cancer,’’ she said. “The Women’s Imaging Center is offering a new, ultra-sensitive screening that can detect potential cancers through 3-dimensional imaging.”

With digital tomosynthesis, women experience the same physical screening as with a digital mammogram, but the equipment moves to take images from different angles. This not only adds a third dimension to the image but also provides many additional images that reduce the chances of the radiologist missing small masses that might be hidden by overlapping tissue. This results in greater certainty for radiologists and increased safety for patients.

Call (914) 734-3674 to schedule your mammogram and tomosynthesis appointment at the Women’s Imaging Center at HVHC.

National Women's Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women's health and its importance. It also empowers women to make their health a priority and encourages them to take the following five steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases. For more information on Women’s Health Week, visit http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/.

 

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org