The Wright Center Launches Women’s Health Initiative Dr. Erin McFadden The Scranton Practice for The Wright Center for Community Health is launching a weekly initiative beginning in May to enable patients to catch up on their regularly scheduled women’s health care screenings. The program begins Friday, May 6 and is available every Friday through Friday, July 29 from 1-4 p.m. at the Scranton Practice, 501 S. Washington Ave. The 30-minute women’s health care screenings will be under the direction of Dr. Erin McFadden, medical director of the Scranton Practice. The initiative will enable current patients to receive pelvic exams, breast cancer screenings and cervical cancer screenings, as well as referrals for mammograms. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our patients have fallen behind on their regular women’s health care screenings,” said Dr. Supriana Bhandol, a resident physician in The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Family Medicine Residency. “We are offering this special program to ensure that every one of our patients can schedule a convenient appointment to catch-up on these potentially life-saving screenings.” Dr. Supriana Bhandol Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should receive a cervical cancer screening every three years with a Pap smear, provided their last test was normal. A Pap smear can detect the presence of cervical cancer or cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer. Between the ages of 30 to 65, women should have a cervical cancer screening every five years. The painless examinations include either a Pap smear and high-risk HPV test or a high-risk HPV test. The test can detect the presence of human papillomavirus, which are abnormal cells that can lead to cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infection. To make an appointment for the women’s health initiative at the Scranton Practice, please call 570-941-0630. More information about The Wright Center is available at TheWrightCenter.org.