Pink power fuels innovative mammogram scheduling at Legacy Salmon Creek
New 3-D technology is making it easier to detect breast cancer than ever before. But the challenge to early detection is convincing women over the age of 40 to schedule — and then go in — for their annual mammogram.
The women at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center are trying to change that. They set up a mobile scheduling station right outside the hospital café during lunch hour encouraging their fellow employees and visitors to sign up on the spot. As an added incentive, they offered prizes to everyone who made an appointment.
Tamira Hite, an employee at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center launched this outreach program. She is a breast cancer survivor whose cancer was detected early using the 3-D mammography now available at the Vancouver, Wash. hospital.
“I want women to get their mammograms because I know it saves lives,” Hite says. She says women sometimes are reluctant to talk about the subject so it’s important to have nurses and experts on hand to answer questions women may have. “We want to get more women comfortable talking about the subject. Awareness and action helps save lives.”
Hite coordinates the outreach event twice a year and because of her efforts, more than 200 women have signed up for mammograms this year.
The Legacy Breast Health Center can answer your questions about screening and breast care.
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