Howard University and partners providing free cancer scans
Cancer patient after a scan at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. PHOTO/Jim Bourg/Reuters
Howard University Hospital has partnered with a local Positron emission tomography/ computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging technology center, Metro Region PET Center, to provide free, lifesaving cancer scans to patients without insurance.
So far, the center has provided more than US$700,000 worth of free scans for Howard University Hospital cancer patients, said Dr. Robert Williams, an attending physician and professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital.
The mantra for surviving cancer is early detection. Medical research has shown that in certain cancers the survival rate can be as high as 90 percent if caught in time.