In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mercy Hospital will host a Mammogram Mania event on Thursday, October 4 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“The idea behind the Mammogram Mania event is to offer women convenient, walk-in mammograms,” said Becky Williams, Mercy’s Imaging Services Director. “During the event our staff will be ready to screen women who have not had an opportunity to schedule an appointment in the last 12 months.”
The startling fact is that more than 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year in the U.S.
According to the Kaiser State Health Facts, the rate of annual breast cancer diagnosis among Kansas women decreased one percent between the years 2006- 2008. Yet, Kansas women over age 50 report having fewer mammograms than the national norm.
“Generally women over the age of 40 years understand the importance of mammograms; however, other commitments often take precedence over caring for themselves,” shared Williams.
“Insurance allows women to receive a mammogram once every 365 days, so if a woman has not had a mammogram within a year’s time-frame, we encourage them to do so,” continued Williams. “Early detection of breast cancer is vital, so get your annual mammogram today or schedule an appointment soon.”
Women who wish to take advantage of a walk-in mammogram on October 4 should register at Mercy Hospital’s main registration desk. Present a copy of your insurance card if applicable.
No script is necessary if the women’s primary care physician is Mercy integrated. Women should be advised that if they are experiencing any breast discomfort or problems, clinical follow-up with your physician is recommended prior to the mammogram screening. Women are also asked to refrain from wearing deodorant or powder the day of their mammogram.
Diagnostic mammograms are not included in the walk-in service during the Mammogram Mania event.
Refreshments will be available throughout the day as well as free heel scan bone-density screenings, education materials and give-a-ways made possible by a grant from the Hope 4 You Foundation.
“Make sure you and the special women in your life have their annual mammogram. It could be life-saving,” Williams stressed.
For more information about digital mammography or to schedule an appointment, call 620-223-7015.