The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some point in a woman's life is approximately one in eight according to the center. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. There are currently about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
"This special rate meets the need for affordable mammography screenings in our community, which is an important factor in overall women's health," said Melanie Vanhorn, Women's Center supervisor at Cartersville Medical Center. "We are excited to offer this opportunity to the women of our community."
Highlighting the month's awareness activities is "TaTas and Tiaras" -- an event especially for breast cancer patients and survivors -- on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Hope Center featuring the female breast care physician team, refreshments, beauty tips, door prizes and a special take-home "paint-it-yourself" party favor.
Belk in Cartersville will provide a Clinique representative for consultations and coupons for free facials for event attendees. Additionally, Belk has donated several door prizes for the event. Donna Wood will pamper attendees with BeautiControl hand moisturizing products. And, The Hope Center Foundation will launch a new support group, "Jewels of Hope," a fun jewelry-making class for every skill level.
The Women's Center and The Hope Center have had incredible response from community organizations interested in partnering to raise awareness about breast cancer, including The Magnolia Garden Club in Cartersville, which will place two planters of pink flowers at the entrance of The Hope Center in observance of this special month.
Finally, to celebrate women's health and encourage women to schedule their mammograms, The Hope Center at Cartersville Medical Center hung a special oversized vertical banner on the front of The Hope Center with the message "Is it Time?," a visual reminder of the importance of early detection. Bright pink billboards were recently posted in the area touting "The Best Women for the Job" and featuring Rhonda Wachsmuth, MD; Madhurima Uppalapati, MD; and Lorie Hughes, MD.
All mammograms at Cartersville Medical Center are performed on state-of-the-art mammography equipment. The key to mammography screening is that it be done routinely -- once is not enough. Women should have their baseline mammogram at age 35 and annual screening mammograms after the age of 40. A separate physician fee will apply for all mammograms.
To schedule a reduced rate mammogram or to register for "TaTas and Tiaras," call MedLine at 800-242-5662.