Lifewatch: Midnight Mammograms

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FLORIDA (WECT) - In the ongoing efforts to beat breast cancer, women are now bringing fun and friendship into the fight with "Midnight Mammograms."

It is a party that features dancing, food, manicures, and toasts to good health.

"We invited a bunch of our girlfriends, specifically ones that have never had Mammograms before because it is very important," said hostess Michelle Massari.

One by one, the party girls step behind a door for the test they need.  The convenience is important, because mammograms are often put on the back burner.

"They don't want to take time out of their work day and go sit in a doctors office and do it, and this makes it a fun way to do it. We get to go to a friends get drinks have manicures- and it's after hours- it's a girls night out," said Massari.

These friends are coming together for the second year in a row, but anyone can host one of the parties.

The best part is, Florida Radiology Imaging, owned by Florida Hospital, picks up the tab.

"We know screening mammograms decrease mortality by 18 to 30 percent so that's a pretty hefty number," said Florida Hospital Oncologist, Dr. Priya Vishnu

Your cover is a doctor's prescription and an insurance card.

If you're interested in hosting you have to have at least seven friends join, but not more than 15.

You will all get the results from the mammograms the next day.

"If unfortunately they do have a diagnosis they can find treatment early and get cured from the disease," said Dr. Vishnu.

Mammograms are the single most beneficial tool in detecting early and treatable breast cancer.

The entire procedure requires only 5-10 minutes of your time.

To learn how to throw your own Midnight Mammogram party, click here.