Update: All appointments are filled. Organizers are accepting names and phone numbers to be added to the waiting list.
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge General will host its popular ‘Mammos & Mimosas’ event on Saturday, Oct. 17 where guests 40 years of age and older receive a private clinical breast exam and mammography, as well as a mimosa during their scheduled visit. Within the first 24 hours of accepting appointments, the online booking system showed less than 25% of slots still available.
In years past, ‘Mammos & Mimosas’ included a buffet meal, live music, local retailers and on-site demonstrations. Due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s guests will receive a free brunch certificate to Bistro Byronz and a swag bag with goodies from local companies.
Women in the U.S. have a one in eight lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, according to health experts with Baton Rouge General. Doctors say mammograms can help detect breast cancer early, even before a lump is felt.
Yearly mammograms are recommended for women ages 40 and older who do not have a family history of breast cancer. Those under the age of 40 with a history of breast cancer in their family should seek the advice of a medical practitioner regarding when to begin yearly exams. In most cases, health insurance providers will cover the cost of a mammogram before the age of 40 when there is a history of breast cancer in the family.
The 2020 ‘Mammos & Mimosas’ event is 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 17. Five appointments are available every 15 minutes. The cost is $20 per person and insurance will not be billed. The event will be held at Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet at 8585 Picardy Avenue. To make a reservation or for additional information, visit BRGeneral.org/mammos.
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.
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