broward-health-mammogram-exhibit_web.jpgBroward Health will host the third annual MAMMO-PALOOZA In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event is being coordinated throughout Broward Health’s hospitals and health centers and will offer mammograms and an AmeriBreasts exhibit and other events to increase breast health awareness.

MAMMO-PALOOZA focuses on the importance of getting timely mammograms and has set a goal of at least 1,300 screenings for the week of Oct. 10. Mammograms will be offered at an affordable price and will be covered through health insurance. Those who have a mammogram will receive a special gift.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 230,480 women and 2,140 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Early detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.

“As a surgical oncologist, I cannot stress enough the importance of being screened for breast cancer.  Mammograms are imperative to catching the disease early,” said Dr. Nicholas Tranakas, Broward General Medical Center’s medical director for cancer services.

“To have an event like MAMMO-PALOOZA, which brings awareness to breast cancer and provides an opportunity for women to be tested, is very special for our community,” he said.

Frank Nask, president/CEO of Broward Health, added, “Early detection and awareness is the cornerstone of MAMMO-PALOOZA and the Broward Health mission. This screening program can prevent more serious illness and even save the lives of our community members.” 

To schedule a mammogram appointment and be a part of this year’s MAMMO-PALOOZA activities,  visit or call 954-759-7500. The following is the MAMMO-PALOOZA schedule of events:

Oct. 10-14:

AmeriBreasts Exhibit. After your MAMMO-PALOOZA mammogram, check out the world’s only colorful, interactive walk-through tour of the human breasts: Broward General Medical Center, 1600 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 10; Coral Springs Medical Center, 3000 Coral Hills Dr., Coral Springs, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Oct. 11; North Broward Medical Center, 201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield Beach, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Oct. 12; Imperial Point Medical Center, 6401 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 13; Broward Health Weston, 2300 North Commerce Pkwy, Weston, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 14. For more information, call 954-355-4745.

Oct. 10-15:

MAMMO-PALOOZA. You can have a mammogram at one of Broward Health’s medical centers and enjoy raffle prizes, food, mini-spa treatments and meet local TV and radio personalities. You will also receive a special gift. To schedule a mammogram appointment, call 954-759-7500 or visit

Through Oct. 30:

Pink Ribbon Bagels. With the purchase of a pink ribbon bagel at 11 Broward County Panera Bread locations, a small donation will be made to the Broward Health Foundation and Lillian S. Wells Foundation. To order, visit

Through Oct. 31:

Paint the Town PINK Bracelets. Purchase a $10 PINK bracelet and get discounts to a wide selection of local merchants during the month.  Call the Coral Springs Medical Center at 954-344-3344.

10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 10:

Pink Party. Raffle prizes, a cupid shuffle marathon, food, festivities, pink breast cancer awareness giveaways and sale at the North Broward Medical Center.  For more information, call 954-786-2323.

5:30-8 p.m., Oct. 11:

Pink Women’s Health Expo. The Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce and 23 vendors will make health presentations and offer appetizers, faux-tinis and a chocolate fountain, with funds raised partially benefitting North Broward Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.  For more information, call 954-786-2323.

6-8 p.m., Oct. 11:

Mad Hatter’s Tea. This free community event at Coral Springs Medical Center will include refreshments, educational booths, music, raffles, prizes, chair massage and a meet-and-greet with breast cancer survivor Lisa Boccard. To reserve your seat, call 954-759-7400 or visit

6-8 p.m., Oct. 13:

Breast cancer lecture. Dr. Nicholas Tranakas, a specialist in surgical oncology, will discuss the latest treatments in the fight against breast cancer at Broward General Medical Center.  For more information, call 954-831-2752.

7 p.m., Oct. 14:

Murder at the Multiplex. A sit down dinner and original murder mystery play performed by Coral Glades High School drama students will benefit the North Broward Medical Center and the Coral Springs Medical Center’s Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.  To purchase tickets, $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door, call 954-344-3344.   

7-10 p.m., Oct. 14:

Tiki Chic-y Poolside After Dark. A Glam-A-Thon event at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale.  Proceeds will benefit the Broward Health Foundation.  For more information, visit 

Noon-3 p.m., Oct. 15:

Glam Doll Strut. Strap on your stilettos and join thousands in the strut that will raise cash for local breast cancer patients and their families.  Proceeds will benefit the Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit 

Photo: This AmeriBreast exhibit will highlight Breast Awareness Month observances in Broward County.