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Mercy Medical offering breast cancer programs

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mercy Medical Center will present special lectures, a mammography screening and a booklet giveaway to provide valuable and potentially life-saving information. These programs will be offered through the Breast Care Center and the Center for Mammography at Mercy Medical Center, in cooperation with WGBY-TV and American International College in Springfield and Holyoke Community College in Holyoke.

Steven Schonholz, M.D., FACS, Medical Director and breast surgeon at the Breast Care Center at Mercy Medical Center, will make several appearances to increase awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. On Oct. 16, he will discuss breakthrough procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer on the "Doctors on Call" program on WGBY-TV Channel 57. With its interactive and "live" format, viewers will be invited to call-in with questions for Schonholz starting at 7:30 p.m.

Schonholz will also discuss the importance of breast self-exams and breast cancer risk factors during a "Health Coach" informational lecture at American International College on Oct.17.

The lecture will be held in the Bradley Room, located on the second floor of the Schwartz Campus Center, starting at 4 p.m. American International College is located at 1000 State Street in Springfield.

A similar "Health Coach" program is scheduled for Frost 309 at Holyoke Community College on Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. Holyoke Community College is located at 303 Homestead Avenue in Holyoke. Both lectures are free and open to the public.


Mercy Medical Center is encouraging women to get an annual mammogram. The Center for Mammography at Mercy Medical Center will offer free mammogram screenings to women 35 years of age and older on Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This program is limited to the first 100 women who call to schedule an appointment.

The program is offered free of charge, but appointments are necessary.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 748-9101.