Thursday, September 29, 2011 - Broward Health Unveils MAMMO-PALOOZA Madness

The Goal: 1,300 Mammograms in One Week!

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Have a mammogram. Attend a special event. Walk through a giant set of inflatable human breasts?  It must be time for Broward Health’s annual MAMMO-PALOOZA!

AmeriBreasts Exhibit

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Broward Health will host the third annual MAMMO-PALOOZA from Oct. 10-15.  Coordinated throughout Broward Health’s hospitals and health centers, mammograms will be offered, the AmeriBreasts exhibit will be on display and other events will take place to increase breast health awareness.

MAMMO-PALOOZA focuses on the importance of getting timely mammograms and has set a goal of at least 1,300 screenings for the week of Oct. 10.  Mammograms will be offered at an affordable price and will be covered through health insurance.  MAMMO-PALOOZA will include raffle prizes, food, mini-spa treatments, meeting local TV and radio personalities and much more.  Those who have a mammogram will receive a special gift.

In 2011, the American Cancer Society estimates that 230,480 women and 2,140 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Early detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.

“As a surgical oncologist, I cannot stress enough the importance of being screened for breast cancer.  Mammograms are imperative to catching the disease early.  To have an event like MAMMO-PALOOZA, which brings awareness to breast cancer and provides an opportunity for women to be tested, is very special for our community,” says Dr. Nicholas Tranakas, Broward General Medical Center’s medical director for cancer services.

Recognizing the impact breast cancer is having on thousands of people in South Florida, Broward Health hospitals have aggressively pursued not only the best courses of detection and treatment, but also programming that assists patients receive screenings for early detection. 

“Early detection and awareness is the cornerstone of MAMMO-PALOOZA and the Broward Health mission,” says Frank Nask, President/CEO of Broward Health.  “This screening program can prevent more serious illness and even save the lives of our community members.” 

To schedule a mammogram appointment and be a part of this year’s MAMMO-PALOOZA festivities, call 954-759-7500 or visit

MAMMO-PALOOZA Calendar of Events:

Oct. 10-14
AmeriBreasts Exhibit
After your MAMMO-PALOOZA mammogram, check out the world’s only colorful, interactive walk-through tour of the human breasts.  For more information, call 954-355-4745.
Broward General Medical Center, Oct. 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
Coral Springs Medical Center, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
North Broward Medical Center, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Imperial Point Medical Center, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Broward Health Weston, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oct. 10-15
Be one of the 1,300-plus women to have a mammogram at one of Broward Health’s medical centers, and enjoy raffle prizes, food, mini-spa treatments, meeting local TV and radio personalities and much more.  Receive a special gift. To schedule a mammogram appointment, call 954-759-7500 or visit

Oct. 1-30
Pink Ribbon Bagels
With the purchase of a pink ribbon bagel at 11 Broward County Panera Bread locations, a small donation will be made to the Broward Health Foundation and Lillian S. Wells Foundation. To order, visit

Oct. 1-31
Paint the Town PINK Bracelets
Purchase a $10 PINK bracelet and get discounts to a wide selection of local merchants during the month of October.  Call the Coral Springs Medical Center at 954-344-3344.

Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
Save the Twinz!
Enjoy a night of entertainment at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, featuring ground-breaking musicians and entertainers and benefiting the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Heath Center at Broward General Medical Center. To purchase tickets ($30), call 954-462-0222 or visit

Oct. 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sawgrass Mills Celebrating Women
Come to the Sawgrass Mills Mall to learn more about breast health, breast cancer and wellness from Broward Health representatives.

Oct. 6, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lipstick Lounge
Enjoy a fashionable night out at the W Fort Lauderdale with the Glam-A-Thon girls while raising money to kiss breast cancer goodbye through the Broward Health Foundation.  For more information, visit

Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
PINK Party
Enjoy raffle prizes, a cupid shuffle marathon, food, festivities, pink breast cancer awareness giveaways and sale at the North Broward Medical Center.  For more information, call 954-786-2323.

Oct. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
PINK Women’s Health Expo
The Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce and 23 vendors present health presentations, appetizers, faux-tinis and a chocolate fountain, with funds raised partially benefiting North Broward Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.  For more information, call 954-786-2323.

Oct. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mad Hatter’s Tea
This free community event at Coral Springs Medical Center will include refreshments, educational booths, music, raffles, prizes, chair massage, a meet & greet with Lisa Boccard and more. To reserve your seat, call 954-759-7400 or visit

October 12, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Breast Cancer: Signs, Diagnosis & Treatment
Please join us in the IPMC Auditoriums for an educational healthy talk by our panel of experts about breast cancer symptoms, diagnosis and today’s latest treatments. Knowledge is power, after all. To reserve your seat, call (954) 759-7400 or visit

October 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  - BGMC Auditoriums
October 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Elks Lodge in Sunrise
Breast Cancer Today & Tomorrow
Dr. Nicholas Tranakas, a specialist in surgical oncology, will discuss the latest treatments in the fight against breast cancer. To reserve your seat, call (954) 759-7400 or visit

Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.
Murder at the Multiplex
A sit down dinner and original murder mystery play performed by Coral Glades High School drama students will benefit the North Broward Medical Center and the Coral Springs Medical Center’s Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.  To purchase tickets ($20 pre-sale, $25 at the door), call 954-344-3344.          

Oct. 14, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tiki Chic-y Poolside After Dark
A Glam-A-Thon event at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six.  Proceeds benefit the Broward Health Foundation.  For more information, visit

Oct. 15, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Glam Doll Strut
Strap on your stilettos and join thousands in the strut that will raise gobs of cash for local breast cancer patients and their families.  Proceeds benefit the Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit

October 16, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Mary-Jane's 12th Breast Cancer Benefit & Dance
We've got a "dozen" reasons to celebrate! Join us at the Lake Emerald Clubhouse (Oakland Park) for dancing, entertainment, a live and silent auction, raffles, food and more. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Proceeds benefit the BGMC Lillian S. Wells Women's Center.

Broward Health Locations:
Broward General Medical Center
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Coral Springs Medical Center
3000 Coral Hills Drive
Coral Springs, FL

North Broward Medical Center
201 E. Sample Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL

Imperial Point Medical Center
6401 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Broward Health Weston
2300 N. Commerce Parkway
Weston, FL

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. 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

Photos of AmeriBreasts exhibit available upon request.