Breast Cancer Awareness Month Reminds Women to Get a Checkup

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated to the collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services. In light of that, Sarah Coil, communications director at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, said the hospital is offering a great deal for women throughout the month of October.

“The most important thing that we have planned is for ladies, and even a man can be able to do this as well because male breast cancer does exist but you just never hear about it. What we are going to be doing is for the entire month of October, we are offering a very discounted price for mammograms at $100. This includes the radiologist read, so the patient is getting an excellent deal for this and is perhaps even saving her life for $99 which I think is fantastic,” said Coil.

The mammograms will feature the comfort of the “mammo pad” – a foam pad that is attached to the equipment allowing compression to be more tolerable for most patients, in addition to the technology of the Hologic Digital Mammo System.

The hospital also has a special event planned for Oct. 8 – a girl’s night out event is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.

“The girls night is so that women can come with girl friends to the hospital and while one of the girls is getting their screen, the rest of them will be in the cafeteria getting treats and door prizes and little gift bags and that kind of thing. And then they can just be here to support each other that way, and it’s a little less scary when you have somebody with you,” Coil said.

While you don’t have to be a patient in the Pulaski Memorial Hospital Medical Group, you are required to have a physician’s or nurse practitioner’s order for this screening. A year must have passed since your last screening.

“Women would need to call the hospital at (574) 946-2193 to schedule their appointment. They also have to have an order from their physician or nurse practitioner – this person does not have to practice with Pulaski Memorial Hospital, but they do have to have that order,” Coil explained.