In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Broward Health is urging women to get a mammogram during its second annual Mammo-Palooza week, starting Oct. 11. Broward Health expects to screen more than 1,200 women in just five days – that’s more than four times what the health system would normally screen during any given week.
“Early detection saves lives, so we’re opening our doors and looking to screen as many women as we can,” says Dr. Nicholas Tranakas, Broward Health’s medical director for cancer services. “We know many women put off getting a mammogram so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for them. A high-quality mammogram is still the most effective method for detecting the disease early. ”
The American Cancer Society estimates that each year, more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 die from it. One woman in eight has a lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, when breast cancer is detected in the early stages (localized), the five-year survival rate is 98%.
During Broward Health’s Mammo-Palooza week, mammograms will be offered at an affordable price and are also covered through health insurance. Physicians will be on hand to write prescriptions for screenings at all five Broward Health facilities: Broward General Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, and Broward Health Weston.
As part of Mammo-Palooza, Broward Health will be offering, food, raffle prizes, and on-site entertainment. Screenings will be available Oct.11-Oct. 15 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 954-759-7500 or go to Facebook.com/BrowardHealth to schedule an appointment.