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SEATTLE – (Oct. 8, 2014) – Virginia Mason has added screening mammography at its University Village Medical Center and more breast health services will be added later this month.

Screening mammograms are now available for scheduled appointments and walk-in customers at the Breast Clinic in the popular retail mall at 2671 NE 46th St.

In mid-October, the clinic will also begin offering appointments with a breast health nurse practitioner who will evaluate concerns for women and men. Outcomes indicate that the majority of patient concerns can be addressed by the on-site Breast Clinic provider without a referral to other specialists. University Village Breast Clinic patients who need additional diagnostic imaging or image-guided biopsies will be referred to specialists at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center or Virginia Mason medical centers in Kirkland, Issaquah and Federal Way.

The addition of breast care at University Village Medical Center expands the clinic’s menu of services, which include family medicine, pediatrics, radiology laboratory and dermatology.

Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Women should have mammograms every two years from age 50 to 74 years, and they should talk with their health professionals about the potential need to undergo mammograms more often. When their breast cancer is found early, many women go on to live long and healthy lives.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website: https://www.virginiamason.org/

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@vmmc.org

 

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