In commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Loretto Hospital is offering free, 2D and 3D tomosynthesis mammograms for uninsured or underinsured people throughout October.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among all female populations in the U.S., and while incidence of breast cancer is comparable among Black and White women, Black women are 40% more likely to die from the disease than their White counterparts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Loretto medical team is working hard to remedy that disparity and bring to light the importance of preventive breast cancer screenings.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to live his or her healthiest life,” said Deatra Howard, vice president and chief nursing officer at Loretto Hospital. “Early detection is vital, and the Loretto Hospital remains dedicated to ensuring every woman, regardless of race or insurance status, has access to potentially life-saving breast screenings this year.”
The hospital offers state-of-the-science breast tomosynthesis technology, which utilizes low-dose x-rays to produce a three-dimensional image of the breast tissue, thus helping radiologists detect cancer when it is most treatable. This Food and Drug Administration-approved technology is considered superior to conventional 2D mammography alone, especially for women with dense tissue. The 3D images can separate breast tissue that may appear overlapping in 2D imaging.
The Loretto Hospital will round out Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a Facebook Live event titled “The Pink Table.” On Thursday, Oct. 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m., interested individuals are invited to attend the roundtable-style discussion, which will feature several of Loretto’s breast cancer warriors as they share their personal experiences with the disease and the importance of screening and early detection. Those interested in attending can visit https://www.facebook.com/Lorettohospitalchicago/ on the day of the event.
The Loretto Hospital is located at 645 S. Central Ave. and is offering same day mammogram appointments for those who qualify. For more information or to schedule a screening, call Loretto’s Diagnostic Imaging Department at 833-TLH-LOVE or visit https://www.lorettohospital.org/our-services/radiology-diagnostic-imaging/.