For the mothers, sisters, and daughters of our lives, taking care of others often comes naturally. Taking care of one’s self, on the other hand, can occasionally be put on the back burner. Ochsner St. Anne recognizes the importance of preventative screenings as a means of enhancing health for both current and future generations, establishing a foundation of healthy families in the Bayou Region. On Tuesday, October 10th, Ochsner St. Anne will host its annual Women’s Health Expo. This expo is a yearly feature of the facility’s community outreach efforts and offers essential health screenings to all generations of women (and their families) in Lafourche and the surrounding parishes.
Hosted in October, concurrent with national breast cancer awareness month, this facility highlights opportunities for women to receive the most advanced technology when it comes to breast cancer screenings. Ochsner St. Anne is the only hospital in the region to offer 3D mammography. Instead of viewing all the complexities of the breast tissue in a flat image as with a traditional mammogram, 3D mammography allows the doctor to examine the breast layer by layer. Having a better view of the breast tissue increases the efficacy of the test and improves the ability to catch breast cancer at earlier stages.
Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 should receive a mammogram on a yearly basis.
On-site screenings offered at this event include: cholesterol testing, blood glucose testing, blood pressure, body mass index calculations, skin cancer screenings, bone density screenings for women over 40, and flu vaccines for anyone over the age of 18.