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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services opened its new Penrose Pavilion to better serve the healthcare needs of the women of Colorado Springs

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  • Slice of LifeNew Center Helps

    Women Stay Healthy

    For Women, by Women The Center for Womens Imaging

    Penrose-St. Francis Breast Care Center Penrose Vein Center

    Mother Daughter Sister Friend boutique

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    Need a mammogram or an ultrasound? How about a treatment for those pesky spider veins, a consultation on your risk for breast cancer, or maybe just a unique gift for a dear friend?

    What if you could get all of those things in a brand-new building that feels a bit like going to the spa but is backed by the expertise of one of Americas top hospitals?

    Welcome to the new Womens Center at Penrose Pavilion. This new center, located at 2312 N. Nevada Avenue on the east side of Penrose Hospital, offers women a variety of health services in a beautiful setting with plentiful parking just outside the front door and convenient hours. Services include:

    Just for Women

    Southern Colorado Breast Care SpecialistsRocky Mountain Cancer CentersHigh-Risk Breast Cancer ClinicNurse Navigation ProgramGenetic Counseling

    Location: Suites 235 and 245Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through FridayInformation: 719-776-8200

    Digital mammographyStereotactic breast biopsyUltrasound for women, including OB/GYN ultrasound Ultrasound-guided breast biopsyBone densitometry

    Location: Suite 220Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through FridayInformation: 719-776-5118 Scheduling: 719-776-8010

    Laser ablation (varicose vein treatment)Phlebectomy (removal of varicose veins)Sclerotherapy (injections to treat spider and varicose veins)

    Location: Suite 215Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through FridayInformation: 719-776-VEIN (8346)

    Mother Daughter Sister Friend boutique Postoperative breast surgery bras and clothingLymphedema garmentsSpecialty skin care productsUnique jewelry Inspirational giftsWellness gifts

    Location: Suite 225Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through FridayInformation: 719-776-8333

    New Penrose Pavilion offers women bounty of health services and amenities

    Ready to get your health on? Then take advantage of the ongoing educational and commu-nity events hosted at the Penrose Pavilion Conference Center. Here youll find an array of womens health events, including Conversations With Wom-

    en, a free quarterly program, as well as health screenings, support groups, and seminars. These events are opportunities to meet with and learn from other women and to gain

    healthy insights to empower you to live better!

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    DONT MISS OUT! Get notified of upcoming womens health events by signing up online at

    penrosestfrancis.org/signmeup.

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    Penrose Pavilion2312 N. Nevada Avenue

    Colorado Springs, CO 80907*Plentiful free parking immediately outside

    of entrance on north side.

  • Embraced in the warmth of a plush robe, you settle into a comfortable chair. Quiet, soothing, instrumental music drifts softly above your head while you sample moisturizing hand products from the nearby boutique. A sip of lemon ice water refreshes your body and calms your nerves. No, this isnt Saturday at the spa.

    This is the experience as you await your mammogram, ultrasound, or bone density test at The Center for Womens Imaging at the Penrose Pavilion.

    For women, by women When they envisioned a new imaging center, the women at Penrose-St. Fran-cis Health Services saw an opportunity to change the way women experience imaging tests.This center is built to be a relaxing,

    soothing environment, says Renee Ward, director of imaging at Penrose Hospital. Its designed by women for women.The private environment, enhanced

    by calming earth tones, was created to provide women who need imaging tests with a more relaxing and enjoyable ex-perience an experience unmatched

    in the community. The vision was to provide an environment that did not feel sterile or create stress. Plus, Ward says, the center offers

    convenient hours. The first mammo-gram appointments begin weekdays at 7 a.m., and the last appointment is at 4:40 p.m. And if you need multiple tests, you can schedule them all for the same day.Our flexible scheduling can usually

    accommodate multiple exams, Ward notes. That way, women dont have to return multiple times. We want to make this an easy, convenient, comfortable experience.

    Imaging servicesThe center is accredited by the Ameri-can College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and was the first center in southern Colorado to achieve this distinction. It features state-of-the-art equipment for the fol-lowing imaging tests: Digital mammography Stereotactic breast biopsy Ultrasound for women, including OB/GYN ultrasound Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy Bone densitometryResults typically are returned within

    two to three business days, and they are sent to the womans physician.We think women will feel re-

    spected and well cared for here and maybe even a little pampered, Ward adds. Were very proud of what we have built.

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    SCHEDULE A TESTby calling 719-776-8010.

    Women may schedule screening mammograms

    directly. Other tests require a physician referral.

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    With todays conflicting health headlines, its challenging for even the health-savviest women to keep up. Thats why we turned to Toni Green Cheatwood, DO, medical director of the breast oncology program at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, to answer six common questions about breast care.

    When should I start getting my mammograms and how often? The recommendation from the American Cancer Society, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and every other major reputable national organization is that women should have their first mammogram at age 40 and continue yearly while they are in good health.Women who are at high risk should begin

    screenings earlier, so talk to your doctor about your own individual concerns and risks.

    Is it true that breast self-exams arent necessary?Self-exams can be a great tool in detecting changes in the breast, so we still recommend them. But the most important thing is that women learn how to do them correctly. If youve been forgoing self-exams or arent confident you know how, ask your doctor.

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    About Dr. Toni Green Cheatwood (pictured above)

    In addition to leading the Penrose-St. Francis Breast Care Center, breast surgeon Toni Green Cheatwood, DO, serves on committees for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Diseases, and the Southeastern Colorado Affiliate for Susan G. Komen.

    Cheatwood completed her general surgery training in New Jersey, followed by a breast surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

    To schedule an appointment with Cheatwood, call Southern Colorado Breast Care Specialists at 719-571-8840.

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  • How do my lifestyle choices affect my risk of breast cancer?Increased alcohol consumption and being significantly overweight can contribute to breast cancer risk. And regular moderate exercise can lower your risk.

    Is it true that cellphone use, underwire bras, and deodorant cause cancer?No, deodorant doesnt cause cancer. Neither do underwire bras or breast implants.The issue with cellphones is the radiation,

    and all radiation exposure can increase your risk of cancer over time. But studies have not been able to link cellphone use with cancer. If you are concerned, use a landline when possible and opt for a headset when you use your cellphone.

    If I am diagnosed with breast cancer, how do I know the best treatment option?Research and advancements in breast cancer treatment have found that there are many types of breast cancer, each requiring a specialized approach for optimal outcomes. Yet too often, a womans choices are determined by which physi-cian she sees first. At the Penrose-St. Francis Breast Care Center,

    that is not the case. Our center, which is accred-

    ited through the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, has developed an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to ensure our patients get individualized treatment plans. When a woman is first diagnosed with breast

    cancer at our center, she will be connected with a specially trained breast care navigator to provide support, answer questions, and assist with care coordination. Each patient then meets with a breast surgeon, a medical oncologist, and a radiation oncologist to understand all of her options and the risks and benefits associated with each.For example, we want a woman who chooses a

    lumpectomy followed by radiation to understand the risks and side effects of radiation before she goes in for surgery. We want her to feel comfort-able shes making the right decision for her.

    Is cancer in my genes?Five to 10 percent