Radiologists Host Mammogram Party
Radiologists hosted a mammogram party at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minn. Thursday, the Star Tribune reported.
11 women partcipated in the event not only included a mammogram but manicures, massages, wine and food.
St. Francis got the idea to offer mammo parties when Jimly Harris, manager of diagnostic services, heard of a similar program in Florida, the Star Tribune reported.
Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among U.S. women, yet fewer women are getting mammograms, said Mary Hestness, medical director of radiology, said. The women who came to the party consistently forgot or avoided their mammogram appointments.
Without a party, "I never would have done this," Kelly Austin said. Austin had her first mammogram at the party. At 38, she's shy of the recommended age of 40 for this exam to begin but some doctors recommend that women start as early as 35, especially if there's a family history of breast cancer, the Star Tribune reported.
The medical center is booking future parties, which it expects will occur on a monthly basis.
Source: Star Tribune