Funded in part by a grant from the College of American Pathologists and the CAP Foundation, the August 19 event at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood offered pelvic and breast exams to women without insurance between the ages of 30 and 64. The screenings also included HPV tests, mammograms and Pap tests, if appropriate.
"Thanks to this event, many women who do not regularly see a physician received important health screenings," said Eva M. Wojcik, MD, FCAP, chair of Loyola's pathology department. "Early detection of breast and cervical cancers saves lives, so it is important for women, regardless of ability to pay, to receive care."
Dr. Wojcik and a team of more than 75 physicians and healthcare professionals coordinated the event. While participants waited for test results, they visited a health fair, took a yoga class and had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a Loyola physician.
Test results were provided the same day and if treatment was needed, an immediate care plan was provided by doctors to affected patients.
Pathologists at Loyola offer a complete range of technologies and services in anatomic, clinical and molecular pathology. Loyola pathologists are internationally acclaimed for research in breast and bladder cancers, coagulation, microbiology and skin cancer.
As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.
See, Test & Treat is the flagship program of CAP's philanthropic arm, the CAP Foundation, which supports patient-centered and humanitarian initiatives led by pathologists, striving to connect people in underserved communities with the specialized skills of pathologists.
The Loyola Medicine event was also supported by the Coleman Foundation and Hologic, Inc.