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UPMC CancerCenter Prevention and Early Detection Services are provided by the Ladies Hospital Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania (LHASWP) Prevention and Early Detection Center (PEDC), located on the ground floor of Hillman Cancer Center. Many services are part of ongoing research projects and are free of charge. The PEDC provides health assessments and screenings for:
Other services include:
Examinations offered at the PEDC include:
Based on the person's age, gender, family history, and physical examination, the staff may recommend additional cancer screening examinations, including colonoscopy or mammography. View guidelines from the American Cancer Society for the early detection of cancer.
Referrals to other medical resources are provided as needed. The PEDC also provides cancer screenings in the community.
The African American Cancer Program focuses on western Pennsylvania's African American population, whose cancer education, diagnostic, and treatment needs often go undetected or unaddressed for a variety of socioeconomic reasons. UPMC CancerCenter is addressing the problems of higher cancer morbidity and mortality in the regional African American population through efforts to increase awareness of cancer prevention and early detection strategies. By identifying and eliminating barriers that prevent African Americans from obtaining access to cancer diagnostic and treatment services, the program reaches out to offer cancer screenings in minority communities throughout Western Pennsylvania; self-help groups for African American cancer survivors; educational programs offered within the community upon request; and the annual "Celebration of Life" for African American cancer survivors.