Wayne Memorial Hospital Announces October Breast Cancer Awareness Events

Jesup – Each Tuesday and Thursday evening in October, Wayne Memorial Hospital will host “Girls’ Night Out” as a part of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month to encourage women to have their annual mammograms. During “Girls’ Night Out” women can schedule screening mammograms as late as 7:30 p.m. at Wayne Memorial. The dates of the Girls’ Nights Out are: October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27.

This year’s “Girls’ Night Out” attendees will be the first to experience the benefits of having a 3D Mammogram at Wayne Memorial as the hospital now offers the latest in breast cancer screening advances, Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

The Hologic system is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for patients.

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam. The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Findings include:

· A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.

· A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.

· A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.

“By staying later, our staff is available to accommodate more women who would like to get this important screening mammogram completed,” states Director of Radiology John McCullough. “Breast cancer, if caught early, is a very treatable and beatable disease,” adds Becky Phillips, Director of Medical Records at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Key points to know for Girls’ Night Out include:
– Mammograms must be ordered by a physician. All patients must present physician orders at the appointment before the procedure. Normal insurance/payment procedures apply.
– All participants must have a scheduled appointment. Mammograms need to be scheduled through the WMH Centralized Scheduling Department at (912) 530-3197, (912) 530-3272 or (912) 530-3230 after receiving a physician’s order. Unfortunately, walk-ins cannot be accepted.
– Only screening mammograms will be performed during the event. All mammograms scheduled between the hours of 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in October are for screening purposes only. No prior issues or diagnostic mammograms will be performed during the “Girls’ Night Out” event.

In addition, the hospital will host two public events in the lobby during the month. The first of the two events will occur Tuesday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second event will occur Thursday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event goal is to encourage women to be examined for breast cancer and understand the seriousness of the issue. Information about breast cancer, giveaways and pink refreshments will be provided. The public may also register for one of two free mammograms to be given away during the month at these two lobby events.