Early detection is one of the most effective weapons in the fight against breast cancer. OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group wants to make sure every woman, who is 40 and older or is at high-risk for breast cancer, is getting their annual mammogram.
As the first hospital in the Upper Peninsula to invest in a 3D mammography machine, OSF St. Francis Hospital has seen dozens of breast cancers detected sooner than they could be without the innovative technology.
“Our goal is to provide excellent, state-of-the-art mammography to our patients. 3D mammograms continue to detect small, early breast cancers that may not be apparent on 2D mammograms. In addition to 3D mammograms for women 40 and older or at high-risk, monthly self-breast exams and annual clinical breast exams are recommended for women in their 20’s and 30’s,” explained Dr. Stephen Manier, a radiologist at OSF St. Francis Hospital.
OSF St. Francis Hospital’s goal is to perform 520 needed mammograms by the end of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They will light up the hospital in pink spotlights to shine a light on the community’s commitment to fighting breast cancer and to honor those who are battling the disease.
Now through the end of October, every woman who completes a mammogram at OSF HealthCare will receive a free pink tote bag (while supplies last).
This year, patients will notice a more calming environment in the renovated mammography suite, which was fully funded by the members of OSF St. Francis Hospital’s Women in Philanthropy.
Call 906.786.5707, ext. 5345 to schedule an appointment and visit osfhealthcare.org/mammo to learn more.