MASSENA -- Massena Memorial Hospital will participate in National Mammography Day this Friday, Oct. 19 at the hospital’s Women’s’ Imaging Center. Tour the Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tours will be given by the hospital’s mammography staff including Paula Marshall and Jennifer DeSilva.
Every woman attending will receive a gift and can register for a door prize for National Breast Health/Cancer Month.
A free luncheon will also be featured, where Terence Schumpert, a radiologist, will speak on Breast Health/Cancer and treatments. The lunch will be at noon in the Wing board room. Pre-registration for the lunch is required at 769-4262.
Every woman attending the lunch will receive a voucher for a free mammogram (or a co-pay if she has insurance) that can be used within the next 12 months.
Skipping regular mammograms after age 50 can double the risk of being diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer, says the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. However, catching breast cancer early makes it easier to treat successfully.
Research shows that women ages 50 to 64 who get mammograms at least every two years are 30 to 40 percent less likely to die of breast cancer than those who are not screened as often.