Sec­ond an­nual Pink Party set Oct. 4 at SSRH

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Oc­to­ber is breast can­cer aware­ness month, and Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in­vites ladies in the com­mu­nity to gather their friends to­gether and stop by the Pink Party be­tween 3 and 7 p.m. on Oct. 4. This spe­cial event hosted by the Healthy Com­mu­nity Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil is free and will fea­ture health and beauty pam­per­ing, a ven­dor fair, tours of the hos­pi­tal’s imag­ing depart­ment and a “mam­mothon.”

“One of the things we wanted to do was cre­ate a spa-like at­mos­phere to help women feel more com­fort­able in the hos­pi­tal imag­ing set­ting and also to help re­lieve any anx­i­ety as­so­ci­ated with mam­mo­grams,” said Aimee Mor­rell, direc­tor of mar­ket­ing and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment at SSRH. “Last year, we had a great turnout and sev­eral guests de­cided to have a screen­ing mam­mo­gram that day. We’re ready to have an­other fun event this year, fo­cus­ing on women putting their health first and tak­ing care of them­selves.”

Guests will be able to tour the imag­ing depart­ment in an ef­fort to help younger or first-time ladies be­come fa­mil­iar with the ex­pe­ri­ence. There also will be an op­por­tu­nity to have an on-the-spot mam­mo­gram ap­point­ment that evening if guests would like to par­tic­i­pate.

All women in the com­mu­nity are in­vited to at­tend this free event. Mam­mog­ra­phy tech­ni­cians will be on hand to ex­plain how screen­ing equip­ment works, walk guests through a typ­i­cal pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence high­light­ing some of the spe­cial ameni­ties of­fered and an­swer any ques­tions they may have.

It can be hard for ladies to find the time to take care of them­selves, but mam­mo­grams are an es­sen­tial part of women’s health care. So SSRH is re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers by of­fer­ing dis­counted rates and after-hours ap­point­ments.

There is a $99 spe­cial on mam­mo­gram screen­ings dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber that is an all-in­clu­sive price for those who do not have in­sur­ance cov­er­age to help with the cost. In ad­di­tion, ex­tended evening hours are avail­able through­out the month, mak­ing it more con­ve­nient to sched­ule.

If a lady does not want a mam­mo­gram or has al­ready had her rec­om­mended screen­ing, she is still encouraged to at­tend to pro­vide a sup­port net­work for the war­riors in pink.

Spe­cial recog­ni­tion will be given to sur­vivors, as well as re­sources for those who are cur­rently bat­tling breast can­cer, along with ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion for preven­tion and early de­tec­tion.

SSRH of­fers dig­i­tal mam­mog­ra­phy which is a spe­cial X-ray of the breasts that can de­tect lumps and other forms of breast dis­ease that may be too small to be felt even by an ex­pe­ri­enced ex­am­iner. Early de­tec­tion af­fords the best op­por­tu­nity for a cure. To sched­ule a screen­ing mam­mo­gram call 479215-3420. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Pink Party, call 479-215-3214.

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