North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) and Northern Radiology Imaging, Watertown, have collaborated to provide mammography screening appointments to qualifying NCFHC patients on National Mammography Day, Friday, October 19, 2018 at Northern Radiology Imaging.
October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many organizations use the month of October to help raise awareness, and funds, for cancer research. The third Friday in October, as proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993, is National Mammography Day – a day dedicated to encourage women (and at risk men) to get, and or schedule, a mammography appointment. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2018 the Society estimates that approximately 266, 120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, and another 64,000 women will be diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer.
“In keeping with NCFHC’s mission, providing accessible health services to all patients, the opportunity to work with Northern Radiology Imaging for this day-long event allows us to proactively help our patients and educate them about the importance of routine mammography screenings,” states Cheryl Fazio, RN, Clinical Operations Officer, NCFHC. “We will use the day on Friday, October 19th as a means to engage and educate our patients, and highlight our commitment to breast cancer screening as part of necessary preventative care,” states Ms. Fazio.
Additionally, to help support and raise breast cancer awareness, Northern Radiology Imaging will be “Lighting the Night Pink” during October by providing pink light bulbs to the community. The pink bulbs are available at Northern Radiology Imaging, 1571 Washington Street, Suite 101, Watertown, for $5.00 each. The community is encouraged to place one of the pink light bulbs in a visible spot – garage lighting or porch lighting – to help raise awareness about breast cancer and to help support the hundreds of thousands of men and women that have fought, or are fighting, breast cancer. The $5.00 donation will go directly to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organization. Community members wishing to make their own mammography screening appointment may contact Northern Radiology Imaging directly at, 315.786.5000.