When COVID-19 first appeared in our communities earlier this year, we temporarily suspended our monthly mammogram events for the safety of our patients, providers, and community. Mammograms are important for catching breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages. Our monthly events make mammograms available to patients who might otherwise have difficulty accessing or paying for them. We partner with Park Nicollet Mobile Mammography and MDH Sage Screening programs to offer this service at no or little cost to patients.
“It’s important to take care of yourself, and your body, during this time,” says Ethel Livingstone, a Community Health Educator whose work focuses on breast health and cancer prevention. “Prevention saves lives,” she says of the importance of the monthly events.
July marked our first mammogram event since the outbreak began, with new precautions in place. At past events, patients enjoyed food and beverages after their screening, while Ethel provided breast health education and answered questions.
“Now we have fewer people scheduled, with 15 minutes of cleaning in between each patient,” Ethel says. And for now there is no food and socializing.
Instead, Ethel says she’s always happy to talk over the phone. “My ladies know they can always call me with any questions they may have,” she says. “I’m always happy to talk.”
Our next mammogram event is on Wednesday, August 12. In the meantime? Ethel says it’s important to pay attention to any changes your body. “When you’re taking a bath or a shower, just check for anything new or unusual on your breasts. If you have a dimple or a lump or a darker area, you should talk to your provider.”
To schedule a mammogram at one of our monthly events, or ask any questions about breast health and cancer prevention, call Ethel at 612-287-2433.