She started routine mammograms at age 28, just because she could. Her diligence paid off in 2011 when her screening mammogram detected breast cancer at stage zero. No radiation. No chemotherapy. It’s a 2.5-year journey that Lorrie says changed her life forever—and continues today, as she reaches out to encourage others who are fighting the disease.
View Lorrie’s story and others like hers.
Earlier this year, a government task force (USPSTF) released updated breast cancer screening recommendations: Routine mammograms beginning at age 50 and continuing only every other year. Simply put, it means that insurance companies would no longer have to cover screening mammograms for women in their 40s—or yearly mammograms for anyone. Period. And this could translate to 6,500 additional deaths each year.
What if Lorrie hadn’t been so diligent about her mammograms? What if she had only gone every other year? “Nobody wants to find cancer. But had I not been diligent and had my mammograms yearly, then I wouldn’t still be standing here,” said Lorrie. “Big changes in my mammogram from just one year to the next. Had I not taken the time out to do the mammogram, I can only imagine the direction this would’ve gone. It would’ve been a longer road to come back from.”
October is breast cancer awareness month. Mammography is the only screening method that has consistently proven to reduce cancer deaths. Encourage all the women in your life to start an annual mammogram routine at age 40. Schedule a mammogram today at CharlotteRadiology.com or by calling 704.367.2232. Screening really does save.
Mark your Calendar for Pink Events in October!
Tickled Pink for Breast Cancer: 10/15/15
Tickled Pink for Breast Cancer is a night of comedy to benefit women fighting breast cancer in Union County. The silent auction begins at 6pm, while the comedy show gets started at 7:15pm. Tickets can be purchased for $45 at Carolinas HealthCare System – Union, Carolinas HealthCare System – Waxhaw, or Silver Lining in downtown Monroe.
For more information, call 980-993-3265, or email Donna.Little@carolinashealthcare.org.
Rolling Hills Country Club
2722 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
American Cancer Society Making Strides Walk: 10/17/15
Join Charlotte Radiology as The Making Strides of Charlotte, NC is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E Martin Luther King Blvd
Beginning at 9 a.m.
Junior League Warehouse BCAM: 10/2/4/15
Charlotte Radiology’s “1-in-8 Pink Ladies” will adorn the JLC WearHouse storefront throughout the month of October. The eight mannequins – dressed in full body suits (seven pink and one white) – will call attention to the fact that one woman in eight will develop breast cancer. Informational literature about breast health will be available to shoppers, as well as an educational event (open to the public).
Junior League Warehouse
1117 Pecan Avenue
All day event.