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Mammograms Save Lives: "Mamm & Glamm" Screens / Pampers Local Women

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HealthPLEX Imaging staff.
(January 24, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

This fact may shock you: nearly 75 percent of the women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and are not considered high risk according to the American College of Radiology. For every 1,000 women who have a screening mammogram:

  • 100 are recalled to get more mammography or ultrasound images
  • 20 are recommended for a needle biopsy
  • 5 are diagnosed with breast cancer

Annual mammograms can detect cancer early - when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conservation. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 - even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.

October has become known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a heavy emphasis on women getting their annual mammograms. Awareness shouldn't end once the calendar flips to November. Some women diligently visit their gynecologists for their annual exams and receive prescriptions for mammograms but just file the scripts away and never have the screening. Why? Some people are afraid because they do not know what to expect.

HealthPLEX Imaging is making the process of getting a mammogram a little more comfortable this winter. The staff is hosting Mamm & Glamm on Saturday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX at WillowPointe Plaza in Belle Vernon. The event offers women who have prescriptions for mammograms the opportunity to have their screenings in a relaxing atmosphere and then to enjoy free pampering.

A variety of pampering services will be offered along with free refreshments.

HealthPLEX Imaging recommends that women visit their gynecologists or primary care physicians to obtain prescriptions for their mammograms. Appointments are required to participate in the Mamm & Glamm event. Most insurances are accepted.

To schedule an appointment or for questions, call 724-379-1911

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