SwedishAmerican Center For Women offers ‘Girls Night Out’ by combining mammograms with fun-filled evenings

Staff Report

Annual mammograms are one of the most important screenings available for women. For this reason, the SwedishAmerican Center For Women is pleased to offer “Girls Night Out” — a fun-filled evening dedicated to area women and their girlfriends. Besides the mammogram, women will enjoy a FREE chair massage, a beauty treatment, refreshments and trunk shows that evening. Other than the cost of the mammogram, Girls Night Out is FREE!

Appointment times are between 5 and 7:30 p.m. at the Center For Women, second floor of the Renaissance Pavilion. Women can choose a date that works best for them individually, or reserve a block of appointments for their group, by calling (815) 391-7676. When scheduling, women should have the names and phone numbers of those who will be attending. Participants are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before their appointment.

“Anything that encourages women to get screening tests is a good idea, which is why we’re offering this new program to our community,” says Paula Culvey, manager of pediatrics and women’s outpatient services. “We believe that women will like coming to an event like this because it takes their mind off the mammogram. Also, being surrounded by your friends adds to the safety net. It’s more relaxing than sitting in a waiting room wearing a gown.”

A mammogram apointment is required for all attendees. No physician’s order is required. Most insurance companies and Medicare cover the cost of an annual screening mammogram, but patients are encouraged to check with their insurance for specific coverage details. Beginning at age 40, the American Cancer Society recommends that women get a mammogram and medical breast exam every year. Mammography is a woman’s best weapon against breast cancer!

From the Oct. 17-23, 2012, issue

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