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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Taking Care of Mom This Mother’s Day

May is a time when we think of our mothers’ and our children if we are mothers, as we celebrate Mother’s Day.  Mother’s are special, they spend so much of their time and energy taking care of others.  One of the greatest gifts you can give your mother this Mother’s Day is the information and support to get screened for breast cancer.

Consider these statistics:

  • 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer by the time they are 90 years old.  
  • Nearly 8 out of 10 breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. 
  • A 70 year old is almost twice as likely to develop breast cancer as a women of 50, according to American Cancer Society.

So we should have our yearly mammograms no matter how old we are, unless we are medically unable to do this test.  If you are 40 years old or older make sure you are caught up on your latest mammogram screening or if you have never had one call and schedule one at your nearest PinnacleHealth Imaging center.

Help your family and friends too! Ask them if they have had theirs recently and if not encourage them to get it done.

Screening is so important that you don’t need an order from you doctor unless you are having a problem and need and a diagnostic mammograms.  And screening saves lives, which is why the cost of a mammogram almost always covered by insurance.  Understanding that not everyone has insurance, PinnacleHealth has a great program called the Mammogram Voucher Program (MVP).  The MVP program raises funds through events like the Mammorgram Tea and uses the funds to pay for mammograms for women who need them and cannot afford them.

This Mother’s Day support the women in your life, and take care of yourself, by making mammograms a priority.  Turn this serious topic into a positive and fun afternoon by attending our Mammogram Tea, Wednesday May 28th at the West Shore Country Club A formal afternoon event that is fashionable and fun!  Proceeds from this event benefit the PinnacleHealth Mammogram Voucher Program (MVP) providing potentially lifesaving care to uninsured women.. Register today!

Need help finding an imaging center to get a mammogram? Learn more about the most convenient center for you.

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