By Stacey Bomser
Breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women in this country. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the breast cancer fatality rate has declined in recent years, in part due to early detection from a mammogram. A mammogram is a quick, safe and painless x-ray that can detect breast lumps up to five years before they can be felt during a self-breast exam. The ACS recommends all women over the age of 40 receive an annual mammogram.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Women’s Center at Broward Health Weston is encouraging women to get their annual mammograms during the month of October. Last year the Women’s Center at Broward Health Weston provided nearly 1,000 mammograms. It hopes to provide even more this year in an effort to encourage early detection.
“Early detection of breast cancer can mean the difference between positive and negative patient outcomes,” states Sharel Morelock, manager of Broward Health Weston’s Women’s Center. “That’s why we use this month to remind women to get their mammograms. So, the more women we can get to have their annual mammograms, the more lives will be saved. And that, ultimately, is the goal of Broward Health Weston.”
The Women’s Center will offer evening and Saturday appointments to help accommodate as many patients as possible. Patients should bring a prescription from their doctor for a mammogram.
All appointments include a mammography screening and diagnostic analysis by a board-certified radiologist. Most insurances are accepted.
In addition to encouraging women to get their mammograms during the month of October, Broward Health Weston is hosting a flamingo flock for the community as an opportunity to honor a loved one with a pink flamingo. Donate $10 to honor a loved one with breast cancer or a survivor with a tag with their name on a pink flamingo placed in the flock on the facility grounds.
All proceeds will benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund, a fund that helps women in financial need obtain free mammograms and breast care. For more information on this fundraiser, visit www.browardhealth.org or call 954-344-3344.
To schedule a mammogram appointment or for more information call Broward Health Weston’s scheduling center at 954-759-7500. Appointments are strongly encouraged; weekend and evening hours are available. Broward Health Weston is located at 2300 North Commerce Parkway. The entire Broward Health system participates in encouraging early detection mammograms; other sites include Broward Health Medical Center (1600 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale), Broward Health North (201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield Beach), Broward Health Coral Springs (2901 Coral Hills Drive, Coral Springs), and Broward Health Imperial Point (6401 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale).