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Women invited to sparkle at free River Falls Area Hospital breast health event

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 4/19/2016 — River Falls Area Hospital aims to demystify the revised guidelines on mammograms during a fun, spa-like evening for women.

In October, the American Cancer Society updated its guidelines on the recommended age to start and frequency of mammograms. At the “Sparkle with the Girls” event on Monday, May 9 (recommended for women aged 38-55), radiologist Michael Grogan, MD, will review the revised guidelines, explaining what they mean for most women.

Attendees will also hear River Falls resident and survivor Karin Al-Baghly tell the story of her battle to overcome breast cancer and take part in a mindfulness relaxation exercise led by certified wellness coach Kali Higgins. Guests may also choose to have their mammogram during the evening.

There will be free time between and after the presentations for women to take advantage of mini makeovers and massages, donated by the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program and Lori’s Salon and Day Spa in River Falls, respectively.

A three-course appetizer meal and sparkling fruit juices will accompany the presentations.

"The new guidelines may seem a little daunting for women aged 38-55 wondering whether they need to get screened," said cancer program coordinator Heather Simpson. "That’s what prompted us to hold this event—to clear up any confusion about the new guidance and raise awareness of breast health generally, while treating women to an enjoyable evening out. Breast cancer is highly treatable if caught early and so it’s important that women understand when they should think about getting screened.”

Registration is required for this free event. Call 715-307-6060 to reserve a spot.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.