AGH Offers Two Saturday Mammogram Parties This Fall
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) recognizes mammography as an important tool for detecting breast cancer early on, helping to save lives. In an effort to encourage women to get their screening mammograms, AGH has scheduled two additional Saturday morning Mammogram Parties this fall on September 30 and October 28.
“Our first Mammogram Party in May was very well received,” said AGH’s Spirit of Women Coordinator Jennifer Dentler, NP-C. “We heard so many positive compliments from participants about how relaxing the environment was and how convenient it was to have it on a Saturday. We also were thrilled to see moms and daughters, granddaughters and grandmothers, and friends sign up together.”
Each Mammogram Party will include a little pampering, health education, music, refreshments, and an annual screening mammogram.
“We want to take the stress and anxiety out of having a mammogram by creating a relaxing and fun environment,” says Arnie Cook, Breast Health Navigator and Radiology Supervisor at AGH. “We encourage ladies to schedule their mammogram with a girlfriend, coworker, sister, or mother.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, screening mammograms can reduce breast cancer deaths by approximately 20 to 35 percent in women 50 to 69 years of age and approximately 20 percent in women 40 to 49 years old.
The parties will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A physician referral is not required to sign up; however, mammogram appointments are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call AGH’s Radiology department at (269) 686-4210. And some women may qualify for a free mammogram, thanks to a donor funded program called Pink Allegan through the AGH Foundation. Ask about Pink Allegan when scheduling your appointment.