A sisters’ day out: ‘Saving Second Base’
October doesn’t slip by without a group of sisters coming together to plan a day for their annual mammograms. For the past couple years, Karla Numedahl and her sister Michele Breitsprecher have joined up with Lynn Imoehl and her sister Gwen Imoehl, to schedule their annual mammogram screenings at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. “It’s the buddy system,” says Lynn. “Our reward is spending the afternoon together and this year we’re going to dinner at Don Jose’s Restaurant.”
“We make it fun and we make sure we all have our screenings,” says Michele. “We’re saving second base, just like our t-shirts say!”
These women found a great way to spend time together and focus on their health at the same time,” says Sarah Urmanski, Winneshiek Medical Center director of radiology. Winneshiek Medical Center’s “high-tech, soft-touch” digital technology provides sharper images using lower doses of radiation, and features breast cushions to provide a more positive experience for women.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s survival. “Digital mammography is a proven tool in early diagnosis,” says Urmanski. “Giving patients a much better chance of survival and leading a long, productive life.”
Mammography screenings are available at WMC for any patient, regardless of provider, and patients do not need a doctor’s referral to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, or for more information, call the WMC Radiology Department at 563-387-3022.