Lisa Owens, chief radiologic technician at MIT Medical, was among those who handed out information and free gifts to women who stopped by the pink-ribbon-bedecked display in Lobby 10 on Oct. 19. She explained that any woman between 40 and 70 who works at MIT and is enrolled in any MIT-sponsored health-insurance plan can get a mammogram with no referral and no copay by calling MIT Medical's Radiology Service at 617-253-4905 to make an appointment. Employees whose primary care providers are not at MIT Medical must first preregister with Patient Registration by calling 617-253-6286.
Seven women signed up for a mammogram at the Oct. 19 event, said Owens, who also educated some younger women about basic breast-cancer detection. "A couple of students didn't even know what a mammogram was, so we explained the guidelines and how to do a breast self-exam," she said.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women get a mammogram every two years starting at age 40 and annually after age 50. Screenings can start earlier for women at higher risk of breast cancer; ACS suggests that women discuss their individual risk factors and mammograms with their primary care providers.
There will be another mammogram education and sign-up session in Lobby 10 on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. In addition to learning more about mammograms and making appointments, women who stop by will get free gifts and can enter a raffle for several prizes.
Other MIT Medical staff assisting at the Lobby 10 events include Karen Najjar, senior secretary in Internal Medicine; Kelley Adams, health educator in Community Wellness at MIT Medical; and Ruth Fishbein, performance improvement coordinator.