Mammothon event offers after-hours breast cancer screening

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | 5:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia's first Mammothon will make it easy for busy women to get breast cancer screenings.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will offer after-hours mammogram appointments from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 28, and 6 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29, at the the center, located at 115 Business Loop 70 W.

"Mammography is the best screening technique we have for catching breast cancer early, when it is most treatable," said the center's chief of surgical oncology, Paul Dale. "We're offering this event to make it easier for women to find time for a potentially life-saving mammogram."

The Mammothon event will also offer information and education about breast cancer, as well as refreshments, door prizes and free gifts.

Mammograms must be scheduled by appointment, and there are 96 only slots available during the event, the center's public relations coordinator Colin Planalp said.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at (573) 882-8511.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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