2012 Women’s Health Day: Saving lives while having fun

2012 Women's Health Day at Botsford Cancer CenterEvery October for the past three years, Botsford Cancer Center has hosted a Women’s Health & Breast Cancer Screening Day to teach people about breast cancer, breast cancer prevention and to give away mammograms to those who need them.   Last Saturday was a beautiful fall day and perfect for our event.   Turnout was great (thanks in part to WDIV’s Paula Tutman telling everyone about it).  We were able to give away more mammograms than ever before!

Saving Lives…

We screened 47 people for breast cancer by giving them free mammograms. The participants were either uninsured or under-insured.  Dr. Andrew Mizzi, a Botsford radiologist, was on site reading mammograms immediately and reviewing findings with patients.  Of the 47 mammograms, 4 showed abnormalities so we took immediate action with additional exams, biopsies or follow up with the patient’s physician.  We can’t help but think about the possibility that we may have saved lives this weekend.

…While Having Fun

In addition to education and free mammograms, we had lots of food, giveaways and raffle

Reiki at Botsford Cancer Center

Sandra from Livonia takes advantage of the free Reiki sessions offered at the 2012 Women's Health Day at Botsford Cancer Center. Reiki is also free for patients.

prizes.  Farmington Hills-area businesses like The Vines, Panera Bread, Trader Joe’s and Busch’s Fresh Food Market donated items like bagels shaped like breast cancer awareness ribbons and prizes like store gift cards, fruit trays and goodie bags.  Massage therapists were also on hand giving away free Reiki and traditional massage sessions.  One woman was noticeably serene after her Reiki session and told us she felt physically and emotionally lighter.

View photos from the event on our Facebook page.

As always we hope next year will be even better, so mark your calendar now and follow us on Facebook to be notified when we announce the date.  In the meantime, if you’re due for a mammogram, please schedule one today.  You may save your own life.

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