Prevention and Early Detection Services

Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Services

UPMC CancerCenter provides cancer risk reduction education and early detection services, in 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 of these services are part of ongoing research projects and are free of charge.

During your visit, the PEDC staff will discuss cancer risk with you and will review the recommended current cancer screening guidelines. Examinations that we provide may include:

*A clinical breast exam will be performed. If you need a mammogram, we can help you with scheduling, including obtaining a voucher for a free mammogram if you qualify and do not have health insurance.

Based on your age, gender, family history, and physical examination, the staff may recommend additional cancer screening examinations, such as a colonoscopy. Referrals to other medical resources are provided as needed.

Other services offered include:

To schedule an appointment, please call 412-647-1809.

The PEDC also provides cancer screenings in the community. To schedule one of the staff to speak with your organization about cancer risks and current screening recommendations, please call the Office of Health Equity, Education and Advocacy at 412-623-1266.

African American Cancer Program

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 risks 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, as well as educational programs offered within the community upon request. For more information, please call 412-623-1266.

African American Self-Help Cancer Support Group

The African American Self-Help Cancer Support Group recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and is the only long-standing African American cancer support group in western Pennsylvania. The group meets one Saturday per month to discuss topics of interest, welcome professional guest speakers, and provide peer support. For more information, please call 412-647-1809.