As part of efforts to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett will host “Mammos ’Til Midnight” on Friday, Oct. 21. Extended appointment hours will be available from 5 p.m. until midnight for women to receive their annual screening mammogram. The relaxing environment will include wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (901) 820-7575. A physician’s referral is not required.
“Mammograms are important for women over the age of 40, as well as for women that are younger than 40 but have a family history of breast cancer,” said Chris Locke, Saint Francis Hospital Bartlett chief executive officer. “However, with the busy lifestyles that many women have, it can sometimes be difficult to find the time for a mammogram. Mammos ’til Midnight provides women with convenient appointment times and the opportunity to enjoy a girls’ night out.”
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. However, early detection through mammogram screenings, increased public awareness of breast cancer and improved treatments have helped reduce the rate of death from breast cancer in the United States. Mammogram screenings can detect breast cancer when it is smaller and more confined to the breast, allowing the cancer to be treated more easily.