At Loyola’s Free Cancer Screening Event, The Theme Is Prevention

Sunday, September 22, 2019 || By Igor Studenkov || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Dr. Eva Wojcik, the chair of pathology at Loyola Medicine, right, with another physician while examining the results of a cancer screening on Sept. 7. | Natalie Battaglia/Loyola University Medicine

On Sept. 7, researchers with Loyola University Medical Center teamed up with the College of American Pathologists Foundation to offer free cervical and breast cancer screenings to at least 60 women from the west suburbs. 

The hospital has been doing free screenings for the past five years. This year’s screening took place at the Loyola Outpatient Center, 2160 S. 1st Ave. in Maywood. 

Dr. Eva Wojcik, the chair of pathology at Loyola Medicine, said that the hospital wanted to reach out to women who don’t have insurance and who need routine checkups.

If screenings revealed any adverse health conditions, the hospital scheduled follow-up appointments to make sure that clients got the care they need. The American Pathologists Foundation provided funding for the event. 

“It is our mission as an institution to provide services to everyone who needs our help,” Wojcik said. “And I felt that this was an amazing program, because this is not like any free event. The patients are amazed that they’re being treated with such dignity and respect.” 

Wojcik said that every attendee received a physical exam, a pelvic exam, a pap test and a mammogram. All analyses were completed within a day, so participants found out the results before they left.  

Dr. Wojcik, left, said that the Sept. 7 event included many educational activities, in addition to screenings. | Natalie Battaglia/Loyola University Medicine

“While they’re waiting for results, there’s a lot of educational activities,” Wojcik said. “They have an opportunity to talk to the doctor about the results and about the importance of screenings. They can sit at a microscope and talk to a pathologist about cervical cancer and pep tests.” 

At the end of the day, Wojcik said, the whole event reinforced the importance of early detection and a proactive attitude. 

“In the 21st century, no woman should ever die of cervical cancer,” Wojcik said. “And the same applies to breast cancer. The most important [thing] is prevention, prevention, prevention.”

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