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Wednesday, October 06, 2010 - North Broward Medical Center to Host the Mammo-Palooza Macarena

Community Invited to Join in Mammo-Palooza Kick-Off Party

Deerfield Beach, FL - Broward Health North Broward Medical Center is inviting the community to help kick off Mammo-Palooza this year by doing the Mammo-Palooza Macarena. The kick-off party is Monday, October 11th from 10:30am until 12:00pm in the main lobby of North Broward Medical Center. Community members and hospital staff are encouraged to wear pink and all Macarena participants will be given pink gloves to wear during the dance.

“Many women put off getting their yearly mammogram so we’re trying to make it easy and fun,” said Pauline Grant, CEO of North Broward Medical Center. “We want the whole community to come out and help us support Breast Cancer Awareness.”

Mammo-Palooza is a weeklong celebration in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the importance of early detection and to urge women to get a mammogram. The kick-off party will feature music, food, raffle prizes and lots of pink. North Broward Medical Center is located at 201 E. Sample Road in Deerfield Beach, FL.

During Broward Health’s Mammo-Palooza week, mammograms will be offered at an affordable price and are also covered through health insurance. Physicians will be on hand to write prescriptions for screenings at all five Broward Health facilities: Broward General Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center and Broward Health Weston.

As part of Mammo-Palooza, Broward Health will be offering, food, raffle prizes, and on-site entertainment. Screenings will be available Oct.11-Oct. 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Oct. 15 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 954-759-7500 or go to www.BrowardHealth.org/mammo.

The American Cancer Society estimates that each year, more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 die from it. One woman in eight has a lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, when breast cancer is detected in the early stages (localized), the five-year survival rate is 98%.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.