SMITH CENTER, Kan. – Smith County Memorial Hospital has three opportunities for women to participate in a new program aimed at early breast cancer detection.
The imaging services team at SCMH plans to host three “Smash and Dash” events: Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and Oct. 24. Each event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the hospital.
“These are quick appointments—10 to 15 minutes each—specifically designed for busy women who may not always think about their own health,” said Mariah Weis, director of imaging services at SCMH.
Women may call to make an appointment for a mammogram on any of the dates. “Smash and Dash” isn’t a new concept, but hasn’t been done at SCMH yet. Weis and others on the imaging services team are hoping for a good turnout.
“We thought trying something new would help promote Breast Cancer Awareness month in October as well as increase the number of women who receive mammograms,” Weis said. “We’re also hoping that this makes the idea of a mammogram less scary especially for women who may be new to the process.”
To promote screenings, SCMH has partnered with other organizations interested in breast cancer awareness. Anyone who comes for a mammogram will receive a free sample of Pepsi’s new product, Bubly. Gift bags with informational and promotional items will be given to “Smash and Dash” participants.
“These are short appointments, but we still want our patients to feel cared for, so we encourage them to bring up any issues they may have noticed and ask questions,” Weis said. “Taking care of yourself shouldn’t be scary or inconvenient.”