Penn State Hershey Breast Center, Weis Markets partner on complementary mammogram initiative

HERSHEY, Pa. — Penn State Hershey Breast Center and Weis Markets on Thursday announced a new partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program to provide mammograms to women in need.

“This partnership with Weis Markets and the HealthyWoman Program means we can help remove one of the barriers to women scheduling a potentially lifesaving mammogram,” stated Susann Schetter, division chief of breast imaging at Penn State Hershey Breast Center. “Because we know that early detection is the key to better outcomes for women diagnosed with breast cancer, we’re proud to be able to offer this service to those at most need in our community.”

“We are extremely pleased to be supporting a long-term program that offers prospect of detecting early cancers and benefits women with little or no insurance,” commented Dennis Curtin, Weis Markets’ director of public relations. “We hope our partnership with Penn State Hershey Breast Center results in improved access throughout Central Pennsylvania to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program.”

The Weis Markets Mammography Voucher Program will provide vouchers for free mammograms to uninsured or underinsured women in central Pennsylvania. The vouchers will be made available through the HealthyWoman Program, a Department of Health initiative that provides free breast and cervical cancer screening to women with low to moderate income.

The Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program offers mammograms and Pap tests, preventive care and treatment to women with low to moderate income at no cost. Women between the ages of 40 years and 64 years and who have limited or no health insurance may be eligible.