October Mammography Program
Nearly everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way, either personally, or through a sister, mother, friend, daughter or coworker. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in women today, and early detection is the key to being able to achieve a cure.
Lately there have been various national news reports about when to get a mammogram. The fact is that mammography is the best tool available to screen for breast cancer. It has helped reduce the breast cancer death rate in the United States by 30%. Experts at the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society of Breast Surgeons, and the Society of Breast Imaging all recommend that women receive an annual mammogram starting at age 40. Holy Family Memorial providers support these recommendations.
Mammography screenings are a woman’s best chance for detecting breast cancer early because it can identify breast abnormalities that may be an early stage of cancer before physical symptoms develop. When coupled with new treatment options, mammography screenings can significantly improve a woman’s chances of survival.
The American Cancer Society recommends:
• Yearly mammograms for women ages forty and over and continue for as long as she is in good health
• Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women forty and older. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health expert every year
• Women should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel. Any breast change should promptly be reported to their health care provider. Breast Self Exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
Keeping in mind these guidelines and Holy Family Memorial’s mission of providing care to all regardless of their ability to pay, approximately fifty screening appointments for free mammograms will be offered during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These free screening mammograms are available for women who: would be unable to receive a mammogram due to lack of insurance; have insurance that will not fully cover a screening; have a very high deductible; or are financially unable to manage the cost of a screening mammography. Financial need will be based on the guidelines set by the Wisconsin Well Women’s Program.
For eligibility information, call 320-2220 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., or visit www.hfmhealth.org/mammography.
The free screening appointments were made possible thanks to the HFM Cancer Center, HFM Women’s Imaging Center, the physicians of Lakeshore Radiology Associates, Paint the Town Pink and the Manitowoc County Pink Ribbon Committee.
All screening mammograms are done using digital mammography equipment. Digital mammography has greatly enhanced the ability to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when it’s most treatable
According to Dawn Krueger, Women’s Imaging Center Team Leader, “Our focus is to break down the barriers present for many women surrounding mammography. We have the technology, we have the experience, and we have the knowledge and dedication to provide compassionate care to women in our community.”
Remember, early detection is the key to curing breast cancer. So call for an appointment and remind a friend or loved one to do the same! 320.6777