By getting a yearly mammogram starting at age 40, women with breast cancer can have it detected while it is in its earliest, most-treatable stages. Yet we know that for some women, the biggest challenge to getting a mammogram is time constraints.
Enter Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s new Moonlight Mammogram program, set for Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5-9 p.m. By offering after-hours digital mammography, NIHD is hoping to make the cancer screening process more convenient for women.
To make the evening less stressful and more enjoyable, NIHD has arranged for some pampering and education while she waits for her mammogram to be started.
Dr. Shruti Ramakrishna and mammography technicians, Katie Galvin and Cathy Poquette, will give brief talks on the importance of monthly breast self-exams, the benefits of 3D mammography, and how the Automated Breast Ultrasound, or ABUS, can aid in screening for women with dense breast tissue.
Educational videos, including one recorded by NIHD’s renowned mammographer, Dr. Stuart Souders, will be played. An official NIHD translator will be on hand to assist women from the Spanish-speaking community.
NIHD’s Rehabilitative Services will team up with Vitality Wellness Center to offer massage treatments. Local musicians will set a relaxing mood. Refreshments will be served. Every woman will leave with a goodie bag.
“We think of it as a ladies’s night out with a purpose,” says Rosie Graves, NIHD’s Patient Navigator. “Grab a girlfriend, enjoy some well-deserved pampering, and most importantly, take care of your health.”
During Moonlight Mammograms, no appointment is necessary. This event is for annual screenings only and does cost participants. Women participating may choose to use their insurance benefits, but for anyone who is paying without insurance, a reduced price will be offered through NIHD’s We Care program. Please note that insurance will only cover a screening mammogram one year and one day after the last mammogram. Those with questions about insurance qualifications or financial assistance may call (760) 873-2155 for details.
About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One team, one goal, your health.