Mammograms After Dark: Memphis hospital staying open late to raise Breast Cancer Awareness

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Prevention is key when it comes to beating breast cancer.

However, between work, family, and other obligations, it can sometimes be difficult for women to find the time to get a mammogram.

That’s why for Breast Cancer Awareness month, a few Mid-South hospitals are extending their hours to make it a little easier.

On Friday, healthcare workers at St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett will stay up late for patients who need it during their Mammograms After Dark event.

“Breast cancer has affected so many women in my life,” Gina Lavelle, the radiology manager at the hospital said.

For Lavelle, raising awareness about breast cancer and prevention is personal.

“My mother and my grandmother both beat breast cancer and I had two aunts on my mother’s side that did not,” she said.

Lavelle said early detection is key. But oftentimes, women skip their lifesaving yearly screenings.

“As women, we typically put the care of others before our own and it’s hard for women sometimes to break away during those daytime hours,” she said.

Lavelle said her mission is to make the process a positive one.

“We have refreshments and a fun-filled environment with music and really make everyone just enjoy themselves while they are getting their screening and mammograms,” she said.

Lavelle recommends every woman 40 years and older get an annual screening if they are asymptomatic.

If you have any concerns or are at higher risk, an early screening or evaluation may be necessary.

She says don’t put it off and reminds you to put your health first.

“It is so important that we take care of ourselves as women so we can continue to take care of others absolutely,” Lavelle said.

St. Francis will hold Mammograms after Dark at their Barlett location Friday, Oct. 28 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

They held the event last Friday at their Park Ave. location.

Space is limited so make sure to call St. Francis to schedule your appointment: 901-820-7575.