Mount Sinai Health System has launched “Mammogram May” to empower women to take charge of their breast health by scheduling an annual mammogram.

Getty Images


May 25, 2022 — Prolonged delays in breast cancer screening related to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to delayed diagnosis, poor health outcomes, and an increase in disparities. To address this, Mount Sinai Health System has launched “Mammogram May” to empower women to take charge of their breast health by scheduling an annual mammogram.

The goals of the campaign are to raise awareness of the importance of mammography in early breast cancer detection and treatment, and to address a decline in breast screenings worsened by the pandemic. Mount Sinai, one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, kicked off the campaign with the help of iHeartRadio DJ Shelli Sonstein on Sunday, May 22.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, and one in eight are expected to develop the disease at some point in their lives. Regular mammograms are vital to the early detection of breast cancer, especially when there are no physical symptoms. Data published last year in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicate an increase in mammogram bookings since a near-complete halt in March 2020 but it is unclear whether the rates have returned to pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, bookings among Asian and Hispanic women remain low.

“Our goal is to save lives, and this campaign will provide important messages and reminders to women: don’t put your health on hold, and take charge of your breast health,” said Elisa R. Port, MD, Chief of Breast Surgery and Director of the Dubin Breast Center at The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai. “We know early detection is a powerful tool to prevent advanced disease and death, and we hope all women and those who love them will be empowered to put their health first. Mammogram May is the start of a year-long effort to change behaviors and increase awareness. Every month after May leading up to Breast Cancer Awareness Month [in October], we will share health tips and reminders to schedule your mammograms. We hope other organizations will join us in this effort.”

The Dubin Breast Center offers integrated, compassionate care for every phase of breast health, from prevention and diagnostics to surgery and post-treatment support. Using advanced diagnostic technology such as 3D mammography, a low-dose digital approach, Mount Sinai radiologists are able to achieve better imaging and thus detection of breast cancer than using traditional mammography. Mount Sinai radiologists also use additional diagnostic technologies such as breast magnetic resonance imaging and image-guided biopsies, when needed, for successful detection. Therapeutic approaches are customized for each patient based on the specific characteristics of the cancer, risk factors, and personal preferences.

Mount Sinai is also addressing mammogram awareness and access to screening through the Mount Sinai Mammo Van, a mobile mammography program that is bringing 3D mammography to women ages 40 to 75 in all five New York City boroughs each month. The unit’s next stop is at a Harlem health fair at 2239 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. on Tuesday, May 24, from 11 am to 3 pm To learn about screening events in your community, visit https://www.mountsinai.org/care/radiology/services/mobile-mammography/screening-events.

The Dubin Breast Center will host its annual Fact vs. Fiction Luncheon and Symposium at The Harmonie Club, 4 East 60th Street, on Wednesday, June 1, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. The event will be moderated by Dr. Port and will bring together thought leaders and experts in women’s health from across the Mount Sinai Health System.

For more information: http://www.mountsinai.org/mammogrammay

Related COVID Content:

COVID-19 Fallout May Lead to More Cancer Deaths

Kawasaki-like Inflammatory Disease Affects Children With COVID-19

FDA Adds Myocarditis Warning to COVID mRNA Vaccine Clinician Fact Sheets

CMS Now Requires COVID-19 Vaccinations for Healthcare Workers by January 4

Cardiac MRI of Myocarditis After COVID-19 Vaccination in Adolescents

Small Number of Patients Have Myocarditis-like Illness After COVID-19 Vaccination

Overview of Myocarditis Cases Caused by the COVID-19 Vaccine

Case Study Describes One of the First U.S. Cases of MIS-C

NIH-funded Project Wants to Identify Children at Risk for MIS-C From COVID-19

Related Content

News | Ultrasound Imaging

June 28, 2022 — Mindray, a global leader and developer of healthcare technologies and solutions for ultrasound, patient ...

Time June 28, 2022
arrow
News | Mammography

June 23, 2022 — Black and Asian women are more likely than white women to experience significant delays in getting ...

Time June 23, 2022
arrow
News | MRI Breast

June 22, 2022 — According to ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), contrast-enhanced mammography (CEM) may be a ...

Time June 22, 2022
arrow
News | Breast Imaging

June 10, 2022 — According to a new study, use of breast imaging services — including mammography screening — may remain ...

Time June 10, 2022
arrow
News | Breast Imaging

June 10, 2022 — Targeted text reminders and other interventions erased disparity in the rate of breast cancer screening ...

Time June 10, 2022
arrow
News | Breast Imaging

June 9, 2022 — DetectedX announced that it has been selected by the National Breast Screening Programme in Ireland ...

Time June 09, 2022
arrow
Feature | Radiology Business | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane

Here is what you and your colleagues found to be most interesting in the field of medical imaging during the month of ...

Time June 01, 2022
arrow
News | Mammography

May 20, 2022 — US Radiology Specialists, Inc., one of the nation's premier physician-owned radiology companies ...

Time May 20, 2022
arrow
News | Breast Imaging

May 19, 2022 — According to ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), axillary lymphadenopathy detected by breast ...

Time May 19, 2022
arrow
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

May 19, 2022 — Brainlab announced that clinicians at UZ Brussel are the first to treat patients with the company’s new ...

Time May 19, 2022
arrow
Subscribe Now