- As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, UPMC Altoona is getting ready to officially open its new Magee-Women's Specialty Center.The hospital says the expansion, which more than $1.8 million will provide enhanced and comprehensive breast health services.
Dianna Craig, Medical Director, UPMC Altoona Breast Health Services says,"The new center is allowing the patient a more comfortable environment to deal with stress and anxiety issues that they come to a center like this with, concerning their breast and if it's something to worry about or not." The surgeon says the enhancements include nearly a quarter of a million dollars in medical equipment.
Craig's patients, 79-year-old Carolyn Sparks is the third generation on her mother's side of the family to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
You have to give permission," Carolyn says, adding,"If it can increase their databank with someone with my history then I'm all for it." Carolyn's grateful for technology that showed she doesn't have any known breast cancer genes, the mammography that diagnosed her cancer early, and the treatment that's keeping her alive.
Craig says, "They need to get their mammograms and do self breast exams because if you can catch it before it's progressed out of the breast, it's curable." The breast health center is already seeing patients, but its grand opening is scheduled for Monday October 2.