To encourage women to “Go Pink at Porter” and schedule their annual mammography screening, Porter Health Care System will host two special “pink” events in February.
First, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, Porter Regional Hospital will host “Think Pink Thursday,” an event that offers women getting their mammography screenings a spa-like experience, with mini manicures and paraffin wax treatments as well as chair and hand massages by Serenity Salon and Spa. Bone density screenings and light refreshments will also be provided. “Think Pink Thursday” will be held in the Center for Women’s Health at Porter Regional Hospital’s Medical Plaza, located at 85 East US Highway 6 in Valparaiso.
Then, from 7 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, Feb. 28, Portage Hospital will offer “Pink at Portage” where women may get their mammography screenings with a complimentary brunch and massage. “Pink at Portage” will be held in the Women’s Center at Portage Hospital, located at 3630 Willowcreek Road in Portage.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), mammograms are an essential tool to the early detection of breast cancer. Early detection is important, as the chances of the successful treatment of breast cancer are greater in the beginning stages, with a greater range of treatment options available, less extensive surgery, and better outcomes. ACS recommends that women age 40 or older, or those considered at risk, receive a mammogram each year.
To participate in “Think Pink Thursday” or “Pink at Portage,” a woman must be age 40 or older and know the date of their last mammogram. Insurance will be charged and only covers one mammogram annually. Participants must pre-register for their appointment. For more information or to pre-register, call 219-983-8399.
Porter Health Care System has two hospital campuses and seven outpatient facilities serving Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Newton, Marshall and Jasper counties. With more than 350 physicians representing 50 medical specialties on the medical staff, Porter Health Care System is committed to medical excellence and personalized, patient-centered care.