Pink is popping up everywhere, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
And, doctors say one of the most important things women throughout the nation and here in New Jersey can do is: get checked.
“We can’t stress that enough to come every year. This is how we see small changes, it is so important; I just hope that people continue to do this. Don't put it off for a year; don't put it off for another two years. Please come in and have your mammogram,” says Sharon Pindynski, a Breast Imaging Navigator at Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI)
Health experts at AMI offices throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties are offering free mammograms to uninsured women, age 40 or older.
“I think early breast detection is the best opportunity for most women and I'm glad I had the opportunity to come here and get my mammogram for free,” explains a patient.
"The free screening mammogram program came out because we want to make sure every woman has access to good medical care,” explains Dr. Peggy Avagliano, the head of Women’s Imaging at AMI.
Access to an annual check up, since doctors say early detection can save lives.
"It's really important for women to come in and get screened, even if they don't feel they any symptoms. Screenings is meant to detect cancer before it actually shows signs of the disease,” adds Dr. Avagliano.
And if a free mammogram isn't already enough to get you through the door, AMI will be hosting a ladies night in their Galloway township office. Manicures, massages and martinis will be on hand—all the while promoting the power of pink.
“Bring your friends who don't get their mammograms come in and schedule your screening mammogram,” encourages Dr. Avagliano.
"Sometimes we just can't afford it, so this perfect that they're doing this for the community," adds an AMI patient.
A community that will continue to push for pink, a color that not only creates awareness but also stands for survival.
"People who have breast cancer are very proud to wear that as a sign of being a survivor. They are very proud of the pink," affirms Pindynski.
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