Women’s History Month event focuses on women’s health

By Allison McGrath and Kara Mettille DLA Land and Maritime Safety and Occupational Health Office

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The Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Safety and Occupational Health Office, in coordination with The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, hosted the Annual Mammography Screening event at the Defense Supply Center Columbus March 20.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, experts recommend women age 40 and above and those at high risk of breast cancer should have an annual mammogram.

In addition to the regular 2D mammograms, a new Tomosynthesis mammography imaging uses 3D pictures to evaluate the breast.  This x-ray machine moves in a semi-circle to take pictures of different sections, rather than one whole image of the breast. 

The CDC research has shown that 3D mammography is better at finding cancer and often reduces the need for additional testing if a regular mammography shows an area of concern.

The OSU Wexner Medical Center provided information to associates on tomosynthesis and indicated that many insurance companies cover the cost of tomosynthesis, but associates would need to call their insurance company for information about their specific policy to verify. 

This event is offered annually around the end of March or beginning of April. 

Screening appointments are available for all DLA organizations, Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service - Columbus and installation tenants currently covered under the Installation medical contract for health services through inter-service support agreements.

The mobile unit parks on the south side of Bldg. 14 Byus Community Center.   

Call 614-293-4455 or 800-240-4477 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, if you have questions about the 2D and 3D imaging.

For more details regarding this, and other employee centric Safety and Occupational Health events, visit the Safety and Occupational Health Office’s web page.