When it comes to mammograms, there’s a new technology in town and it shows great promise in early breast cancer detection. 3D mammograms are becoming a wide-spread tool in combating breast cancer. Approved in 2011 by the FDA, 3D mammograms’ radiation exposure is only slightly higher than the regular 2D mammogram, and takes about the same amount of time.
To raise awareness about breast cancer, this month Washington Heritage Museums and the Imaging Center for Women, are encouraging community members to participate in the “Mary’s Ribbons, Tie One On” event. Remember, honor and encourage others to get annual mammograms beginning at age 40, by tying a ribbon on the white fence outside the Mary Washington House.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and every year this month serves as a way to increase awareness about breast cancer, raise money for research, and educate women on early detection. In October, women everywhere, and the families of those suffering from breast cancer will wear pink, walk, fund raise, and participate in a variety of events designed to support those fighting the illness.
You can encourage greater health among friends and co-workers by having some fun while you encourage women to receive their annual mammogram. The Imaging Center for Women, a facility uniquely designed with women in mind, offers free party style Mammo and ManiCure events in which a mini-manicure and refreshments are provided at no cost.
Multi Grammy award-winning songbird, songwriter and breast cancer survivor Sheryl Crow has accepted the role of national celebrity spokesperson for a new breast cancer educational campaign.
The celebrity endorsement will play an important role in highlighting the importance of annual mammography for women over 40 years of age. According to the Centers for Disease Control,
The Imaging Center for Women will host a Mammo & ManiCURE event on September 20th from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. as an opportunity to schedule your annual mammogram–you will receive a mini manicure at no cost. To register please call 540-741-9729 and ask to be included in the manicure party.