Baton Rouge General right off Bluebonnet has a unique gift just in time for Halloween, but it’s only for a limited time.

6,000 pink pumpkins arrived overnight as part of the hospital’s breast cancer awareness campaign promoting annual mammograms for women 40 and over.

Photos courtesy of Michael Johnson

Twenty-five percent more mammograms were scheduled last October during the inaugural pink pumpkin campaign.

Women in the U.S. have a 1-in-8 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. A mammogram can often find or detect breast cancer early when it’s small, and even before a lump can be felt. Women over 40 should talk to their doctor about their risk for breast cancer and when they should schedule a mammogram. 

Early detection leads to a greater range of treatment options, including less-extensive surgery and fewer serious side effects.

The public is invited to visit the pink pumpkin patch, take photos, and bring home a pumpkin for free.

Since last year’s inaugural patch, Baton Rouge General has added a mini pop-up patch at its Mid-City campus, and games like life-size checkers, tic-tac-toe tables and pumpkin bowling at its Bluebonnet campus.

On the Bluebonnet campus, the pumpkin patch is located at the corner of Bluebonnet Blvd. and Picardy Avenue. At Mid-City, the mini patch is located on the Peachtree Blvd. side of the hospital, near Florida Blvd.

The pink pumpkins are available for free until they are gone.

Women can schedule a mammogram by visiting protectyourpumpkins.com or calling (225) 769-1847.