Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hospital Offers Incentives to Schedule Mammograms

Pink ribbons appear on cereal boxes and women’s razors, sneakers, baseball caps and toothbrushes. Everyone knows what they stand for by now: breast cancer awareness.

Even with all the attention the disease receives, it is still the second most common cancer in women, after lung cancer. It is difficult to find a grown woman who has not been touched by breast cancer, either in themselves or through a friend or relative.

Fortunately, breast cancer is one of the most curable cancers. Women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer have a 95 percent cure rate. And mammography can detect cancers up to two years before they can be felt with a breast examination.

Most women know how important mammograms are, but still, many put them off. The medical imaging technicians at Fauquier Hospital recognize that some women are nervous about the procedure and they take special care to make each and every patient feel comfortable and relaxed. The procedure is carried out quickly and with care and respect for each woman’s feelings.

In an effort to encourage women to arrange for this vitally important test, Fauquier Hospital is providing some incentives.

Anyone scheduling a mammogram anytime during the month of July will be entered into a drawing for a luxurious overnight getaway for two at Poplar Springs Inn Spa in Casanova. Trip Advisory reviews for the Poplar Springs Inn Spa read, “A+ experience,” “great weekend getaway,” and “accessible luxury.”

Happy 40th! Any woman who is turning 40 in 2008 may receive a free mammogram as a birthday gift from Fauquier Health System.

Mammography appointments are available Monday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and two Saturdays a month, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 540-316-4500 to schedule an appointment. (You must have a physician’s order before arranging for a mammogram.)

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