Published on September 25, 2013
Contact: Kerry Lydon, CAP Foundation
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7844
First Rhode Island See, Test & Treat® Program Brings Free Cervical, Breast Cancer Screening to Area Women in Need; Laboratory Specialists Deliver Same-Day Results
Northfield, IL—Backed by a 2013 grant from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation, Pathologist Latha Pisharodi, MD, FCAP, leads clinical volunteers to deliver the first See, Test & Treat program in Rhode Island, Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. This program represents a partnership between the Lifespan health system and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
“The incidence of cervical and breast cancer among minority women are higher than that of the general population,” Dr. Pisharodi, the Director of Cytopathology at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital and Associate Professor of Pathology at Brown University, explains. “The See, Test & Treat program helps reduce such disparities by connecting women with care in their communities—care that speaks their language and understands their challenges. With regular screening, these women can learn more about their unique risks, and we can detect cancers early, when the potential for survival is greatest.”
Through See Test & Treat, a growing number of underserved women are gaining culturally sensitive access to free preventive care, including Pap tests and mammography, with results and follow-up consults delivered the same day. Tailored to the needs of each targeted community, the program typically includes translation services, multilingual patient outreach and education materials, even transportation and children’s activities. This patient-centered, coordinated approach helps ensure that underserved women gain the early detection advantage and life-saving services that pathologists provide.
Hologic, Inc., Bedford, Mass., a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostic products, medical imaging systems, and surgical products, will serve as the main sponsor providing both the ThinPrep® Pap and Cervista® HPV test kits.
“Hologic is a longtime supporter of the See, Test & Treat Program® because we believe it is important that all women have access to quality healthcare,” said Meg Eckenroad, VP, Women’s Health & Professional Relations, Hologic.
“This program can make a significant impact in a woman’s life by providing testing and treatment in one visit, regardless of the woman’s ability to pay. We are committed to supporting See, Test & Treat to ensure more women in underserved communities will have access to the critical health care services they need.”
Like Dr. Pisharodi, pathologists who are members of the CAP volunteer their time and expertise to coordinate and provide See, Test & Treat screenings in different cities in the US. As physicians who diagnose diseases through laboratory medicine, pathologists are uniquely qualified to explain the importance of regular cervical and breast cancer screenings and the value that immediate test results and treatment can have in reducing deaths caused by these forms of cancer. The volunteer clinical team includes cytopathologists, gynecologists, internists, radiologists, residents, nurses, medical students, technologists of various specialties and many more.
About the College of American Pathologists and CAP Foundation
As the leading organization for board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. With more than 18,000 physician members, the CAP has led laboratory accreditation for more than 50 years with more than 7,500 CAP-accredited laboratories in 50 countries. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org. Follow CAP on Twitter at @pathologists.
The CAP Foundation, its philanthropic arm, supports patient-centered and humanitarian initiatives led by pathologists, striving to connect people in underserved communities with the specialized skills of pathologists.