The ForeCYTE breast health test involves collecting fluid from the nipple with a breast pumplike device, which contains cells that are tested for detecting cancerous or precancerous conditions, much like a Pap smear. The mammary aspirate specimen test developed by Atossa Genetics of Seattle is an FDA-approved adjunct to mammography, according to Atossa's website, www.atossagenetics.com.
The test is quick and said to be painless and may detect changes that could lead to cancer up to eight to 10 years before they would show up on a mammogram, according to Debbie Jae at Atossa Genetics. Jae said the samples can be collected successfully from 97 percent of women tested.
The breast health tests at Sky Valley are being offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23. Sky Valley Healing Arts is at 205 Ave. C, Snohomish.
The Hope Clinic in Langley is offering the tests from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 19 at CMA Church, Langley.
Although the lab tests are free, there may be charges for follow-up appointments at the clinics.
Call Jae at 800-351-3902, ext. 105, for information about the tests and the events.
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