Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The risk of getting breast cancer is 1 in 8 and risk may increase with age. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for American women. Twelve percent of women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Approximately 233,000 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.  There are several risk factors for breast cancer.  Some of the risk factors are age, race & ethnicity, family & personal history, and genetic factors.

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TRHN Now a Provider in Pennsylvania’s HealthyWoman Program

Tyrone, PA- Tyrone Regional Health Network’s Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute and the Tyrone Rural Health Center are now providers in the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program.  The addition of these two offices to the HealthyWoman Program gives eligible women in Blair, Clearfield, Centre, Cambria and Huntingdon counties easier access to essential women’s health services.

The HealthyWoman Program, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, is a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program.  The program provides free services for those who meet eligibility requirements. Services include clinical breast examination, mammogram, pelvic examination, Pap smear and follow-up diagnostic tests for an abnormal screening result.

Eligibility for the program can be determined in a matter of minutes. The enrollment process is also easy. It involves a few questions and completion of short application. Women age 21 and over may be eligible for breast screening and diagnostics and for cervical screening and diagnostics. Younger women may be eligible if they have symptoms.  Additionally, a woman must be a resident Pennsylvania, be uninsured or underinsured and have a gross household income that is at or below 250% of the federal poverty annual guideline.


2018 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines at 250 Percent of Poverty  ​ ​
Family Size Gross Monthly Income Annual Income
1 $2530 $ 30,350
2 3430    41,150
3 4,330    51,950
4 5,230   62,750
5 6,130   73,550
6 7,030   84,350
7 7,930   95,150
8 8,830 105,950
Each additional person   900   10,800

While breast cancer screening typically applies to women age 40 and over, younger women who have been assessed by their health care provider to be at high risk for breast cancer may be eligible for breast cancer screening through the HealthyWoman Program.  High risk includes genetic mutations, family history and some other factors.  Women are advised to talk to their health care provider about their breast cancer risk.

Transgender individuals may also be eligible.

Funding for the HealthyWoman Program is provided through a grant the from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Women who wish to inquire about their eligibility for services offered through the HealthyWoman Program can contact the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute and the Tyrone Rural Health Center by calling

(814) 684-3101. The offices are located on the Tyrone Regional Health Network campus at 221 Hospital Drive in Tyrone, Pa. Both offices welcome new patients.

Penn State Road Scholar Tour Visits Tyrone Hospital

Students from the University Park campus of Penn State College of Medicine visited Tyrone Hospital as part of a Road Scholars Tour.  The Road Scholars Tour introduces medical students to a variety of community health and welfare related resources that community members rely on for health and human services.

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