HONOLULU — In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii will be part of a Guinness World Record attempt to complete the most mammograms in a 24-hour period. The effort, which seeks to spread awareness about mammograms and promote early detection, is part of a national Kaiser Permanente campaign to break the record.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women, and one in eight will contract the disease in their lifetime. A mammogram, along with a clinical breast exam, is considered to be the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. When detected early, the five-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 99 percent.
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii recommends that women receive a mammogram every one to two years beginning at age 40. Some women with high risk factors should consult with their physician about earlier testing.
“We are honored to encourage women to receive this important test — whether it’s for the first time or for a routine screening,” said Mabel Wong, MD, chief of the Ob-Gyn Department and Medical Director of Women’s Health for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Mammography screening helps detect breast cancer at earlier stages, when it can be most easily and successfully treated.”
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii will be conducting mammograms at five locations across the state:
Honolulu Medical Office
- Waipio Medical Office
- Wailuku Medical Office
- Moanalua Medical Center & Clinic
- South Kona Clinic (Mobile Health Vehicle)
Kaiser Permanente’s facilities and staff will be decked out in pink to celebrate the record attempt on Oct. 17. Members who participate in screenings will receive an “I Was Part of History” sticker to commemorate the significant event.
To schedule a mammogram at any of the participating clinics, visit kp.org or call:
- 808-432-5100 (Oahu)
- 808-243-6500 (Maui)
- 808-334-4443 (Big Island)
About Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has provided total health to the people of Hawaii for more than 50 years, with physicians who are members of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, the largest multi-specialty physician group practice in the state of Hawaii. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. Visit kp.org for additional information, become a fan of good health at Facebook.com/KPHawaii or follow @KPHawaii on Twitter.