ALTON – OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center and Marquette Catholic High School want to increase awareness for breast cancer at a “boys vs. girls” and “students vs. teachers” volleyball tournament at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. The first 300 admissions to the game will receive a pink OSF Saint Anthony’s/Marquette T-shirt.
“We’re proud to partner with Marquette,” said Heather Jones, breast navigator for OSF Saint Anthony’s Women’s Imaging Center. “They have hosted several events to support breast cancer awareness and have done a great job educating their students. This is a great opportunity to come out and have some fun, get a free T-shirt and raise awareness.”
Working with primary care physicians and specialists, Heather provides women with breast cancer support and guidance through their cancer diagnosis and treatment. She advocates for yearly mammography screenings.
“As a survivor, I strongly encourage every woman to do their screenings. Early detection is the key,” she says.
OSF Saint Anthony’s Imaging Center, the only mammography facility in the River Bend recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, utilizes a digital mammography system that offers many conveniences – from very soft and slow application of breast compression for smooth positioning and increased patient tolerance, to having the digital images immediately available. Because digital mammography is faster, the time patients spend in an uncomfortable position is reduced.
Women are able to self-refer for their mammograms as well – a physician referral is not required. Saturday mammogram appointments are available. For information, call (618) 474-6152.