October 4, 2019

Mammograms Save Lives

Bucks for Ducks Supports Breast Health Centers’ Mammography Fund

Larry Antonucci portrait

Larry Antonucci

For women in the United States, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer they may face in their lifetime. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, in the U.S., there are about 245,000 women (and about 2,200 men) diagnosed with breast cancer each year. However, even with the prevalence, women are surviving because of screening, early diagnosis and treatment. Regular screening with mammograms saves women's lives.

The Lee Health Breast Health Centers created a mammography fund to help ensure those less fortunate have access to leading-edge breast cancer detection. Each year, for the past eight years, Bucks for Ducks has been a key fundraiser. Each Bucks for Ducks donor is given a pink rubber ducky to adorn with a message of hope or a note to honor a loved one. As the ducks are purchased, they are placed in the reflection pond at the Regional Cancer Center where they float throughout October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At the end of the month, our Spiritual Services team hosts a Blessing of the Ducks to remember those who are fighting breast cancer and those who have passed away. Through the generosity of those who purchase the ducks, hundreds of women have been able to access lifesaving mammograms.

The Lee Health Breast Health Centers combine comprehensive, compassionate care and leading-edge technology, including 3D mammograms, which give doctors more precise images that make detecting breast cancer easier. Using a variety of examinations, the team provides the most accurate screening possible. The Lee Health Breast Health Centers are accredited as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, and are certified members of the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC). Additionally, our Breast Health Centers are the only ones in Lee County to have achieved accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Mammography is the best screening tool doctors have for early detection. Screening guidelines, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Radiology, advise women to begin annual mammograms at the age of 40. Be sure to discuss your risk factors and screening options with your physician or health care provider.

For more information about the Lee Health Breast Health Centers, click here. If you are interested in purchasing pink ducks to support the mammography fund, they are available at the Regional Cancer Center, the Outpatient Center at the Sanctuary Breast Health Center, the Outpatient Center at HealthPark Commons Breast Health Center and the Outpatient Center at Surfside. 

Yours in Health,

Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA

President & CEO, Lee Health

Thank you for your support. Together we are Caring People. Inspiring Health.