An East New York radiology provider is hosting a special “MammoGlam” event at its clinic this month as part of its October breast cancer awareness campaign urging women to get regular mammograms.
Lenox Hill Radiology, located at 101 Pennsylvania Ave., will be offering mammograms and free massages on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to noon along with partner Emblem Health.
On the day, women can get a screening for breast cancer, which remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women. As part of the special event, there will also be free massages available to those who get the “most important medical exam women may get this year.”
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the radiology provider is putting a spotlight on prevention and offering a more relaxed setting for what is typically a stressful medical exam.
Officials with Lenox Hill Radiology said that they are passionate about getting daughters, mothers and grandmothers screened for breast cancer as early as possible given the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is over 90% when detected early. LHR has 15 locations across Brooklyn and is part of RadNet, the country’s leading radiology provider that performs 1.4 million screening mammography exams annually.
In 2020, based on the latest data available, the Centers for Disease Control reported that breast cancer was the most common new cancer diagnosis among New Yorkers. The American Cancer Society currently recommends women without any symptoms or family history of breast cancer start receiving annual screenings at age 45.
For women who are considered high risk for breast cancer based on certain factors, the society recommends getting a breast MRI and a mammogram every year, typically from the age of 30. New York residents over 40 who have not had a mammogram in the past year can also get a free mammogram at the American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s Mobile Care Clinic. Though mammograms are uncomfortable and can be awkward, regular screening is the most effective way to catch and effectively treat breast cancer.
The Department of Health advises those without a provider or those who need to find a low- or no-cost mammogram site to call 311 to find a local screening site.
Correction 10/13/2023, 3:23 p.m.: This article previously stated that the MammoGlam event will offer free mammograms. Mammograms will be processed through patient insurance. We regret the error.