Every 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!
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
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.
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.