Walk-in Breast Cancer Screenings at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital
Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, October 17, 2023
BOGALUSA, La. – Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA offers after-hours mammograms on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. throughout October.
Breast cancer screening is crucial to detect cancer early and increase the chances of successful treatment. Dr. Joseph Perdigao of the Our Lady of the Angels radiology department said mammograms are quick and easy tests that are the most common screening test for breast cancer. The hospital has a new machine that creates 3-D images, making early detection easier.
Breast cancer can affect anyone, but factors such as age, family history, genetic factors, and lifestyle choices can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. However, 60-70% of people with breast cancer have no connection to these risk factors, so getting regular breast exams to detect abnormalities early is crucial.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Karroll Payne, obstetrician and gynecologist at Our Lady of the Angels said, “Every woman should have access to the screenings and support she deserves.” For minorities, it can be a challenge going to the doctor, so it’s essential to have diverse medical staff, Payne explained. With regular screening and early detection, the chances of successful treatment are much higher.
Dr. Andrew Stone, radiologist at Our Lady of the Angels, said, “3D tomosynthesis is becoming the standard in breast imaging, and Our Lady of the Angels offers access right here in Washington Parish.” Mammography technician Jaimee Ryals loves what she does and said, “We’re here to take care of our patients, keep them comfortable and provide convenient access to top-of-the-line breast cancer screening. 15 minutes a year is worth your peace of mind.”
Donna Penton, mammography technician, encourages women to take advantage of their extended hours of walk-in access this month. No appointment or doctor’s order is needed. “We know you’re busy juggling work, family and community, so we’re here from 4–6 P.M. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in October. Just grab a friend and walk through our front door. You will be so glad you did,” Penton said. Women who are 50 to 74 years old and at average risk for breast cancer should get a mammogram every two years, while women who are 40 to 49 years old should discuss with their doctor when to start and how often to get a mammogram.