Carrie Malloy, mammography technologist at the Advocate Center for Breast Care, and her son, Ryan, attended the center's 10th anniversary event on Saturday afternoon at the center in Oak Lawn.
By Kelly White
It’s been 10 years since the doors opened at Advocate Christ’s Center for Breast Care, helping countless numbers of men and women. The anniversary for the comprehensive center was held at the perfect time – during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Physicians and facility staff honored the landmark occasion with an anniversary celebration for the entire family on Saturday afternoon at the center, 4545 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn.
“I am privileged to be a part of the amazing Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care,” said Charisa Spoo, medical director for the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care. “The commitment and dedication of my receptionists, mammographers, nurse navigator and manager helps provide outstanding coordinated and personalized care to our patients.”
The free event was organized by the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care’s team, and drew more than 150 people. It provided both educational information and entertainment for the entire family.
The 8,000-square-foot center, which opened on March 17, 2008, provides patients convenient access to high-level, comprehensive care. It is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and offers 3D mammography, whole breast ultrasound, breast biopsy, and bone densitometry (DEXA) scans.
“As a nationally accredited program, we’ve continued to grow with new innovations and state-of-the-art technology to better meet the needs of our patients,” Spoo said. “We are honored to be one of the leaders setting the bar for breast care excellence in the south region.”
“Early detection saves lives,” said January McNeal-Moore, Breast Nurse Navigator at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care. “Breast cancer is nearly 100 percent curable when identified and treated in its early stages. Every year, over 230,000 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Awareness and early detection are keys in fighting the disease.”
Attendees were able to take tours of the facility, which offers diagnostic mammography, 3D mammography, breast ultrasound, whole breast ultrasound screening, MRI and MRI-guided biopsy, ultrasound guided-biopsy, fine needle aspirations and cyst aspirations, stereotactic prone and 3D upright biopsy, and bone densitometry (DEXA).
Informational tables were also available on-site to educate the community on Gilda’s Club, American Cancer Society, Best Fit Mastectomy products, genetics, lymphedema, nutrition, 3D Tomosynthesis and Mammography.
Health screenings were also available for blood pressure, pulse oximetry, body mass index, and body fat, and women who brought a physician order with them for a mammogram could make an appointment on-site and were entered to win a prize.
The event offered something for everyone with a live DJ and a dance contest, interactive activities, and pink snacks and refreshments provided by the center.
Oak Lawn Professional Firefighters Local 3405 also held a Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt Sale Fundraiser with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care.
“We want to use this as an opportunity not only to celebrate our 10-year-anniversary, but to educate our community on the importance of breast health,” McNeal-Moore said.
The center is open six days a week, including evenings, to perform screening mammography, clinical breast exams, and follow-up appointments with specialists. To make an appointment at the facility, call (708) 684-1000.