FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – Mammo-palooza has returned to South Florida in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

From October 10th – 15th, Broward Health is hosting the third annual Mammo-palooza with a week of fun-filled activities especially designed for women.

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This year, Mammo-palooza hopes to not only screen more than 13-hundred women for breast cancer, but the weeklong event will also include the brand new AmeriBreasts exhibit, the world’s only colorful, interactive walk-through tour of the human breast. There are also raffle prizes, food, mini-spa treatments and more. Those who have a mammogram will also receive a special gift.

In the United States, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer, and so it is important for all women to get timely mammograms.

In 2011, the American Cancer Society estimates that 230,480 women and 2,140 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Early detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.

“As a surgical oncologist, I cannot stress enough the importance of being screened for breast cancer.  Mammograms are imperative to catching the disease early.  To have an event like MAMMO-PALOOZA, which brings awareness to breast cancer and provides an opportunity for women to be tested, is very special for our community,” said Dr. Nicholas Tranakas, Broward General Medical Center’s medical director for cancer services.

“Early detection and awareness is the cornerstone of MAMMO-PALOOZA and the Broward Health mission,” said Frank Nask, President/CEO of Broward Health.  “This screening program can prevent more serious illness and even save the lives of our community members.”

To schedule a mammogram appointment and be a part of this year’s MAMMO-PALOOZA festivities, call 954-759-7500 or visit

MAMMO-PALOOZA Calendar of Events:

Oct. 10-14
AmeriBreasts Exhibit
Broward General Medical Center, Oct. 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Coral Springs Medical Center, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
North Broward Medical Center, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Imperial Point Medical Center, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Broward Health Weston, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oct. 10-15
Be one of the 1,300-plus women to have a mammogram at one of Broward Health’s medical centers, and enjoy raffle prizes, food, mini-spa treatments, meeting local TV and radio personalities and much more.  Receive a special gift. To schedule a mammogram appointment, call 954-759-7500 or visit

 Oct. 1-30
Pink Ribbon Bagels
With the purchase of a pink ribbon bagel at 11 Broward County Panera Bread locations, a small donation will be made to the Broward Health Foundation and Lillian S. Wells Foundation. To order, visit

Oct. 1-31
Paint the Town PINK Bracelets
Purchase a $10 PINK bracelet and get discounts to a wide selection of local merchants during the month of October.  Call the Coral Springs Medical Center at 954-344-3344.

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Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
PINK Party
Enjoy raffle prizes, a cupid shuffle marathon, food, festivities, pink breast cancer awareness giveaways and sale at the North Broward Medical Center.  For more information, call 954-786-2323.

Oct. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
PINK Women’s Health Expo
The Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce and 23 vendors present health presentations, appetizers, faux-tinis and a chocolate fountain, with funds raised partially benefitting North Broward Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.  For more information, call 954-786-2323.

Oct. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mad Hatter’s Tea
This free community event at Coral Springs Medical Center will include refreshments, educational booths, music, raffles, prizes, chair massage, a meet & greet with Lisa Boccard and more. To reserve your seat, call 954-759-7400 or visit

Oct. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Breast Cancer Lecture
Dr. Nicholas Tranakas, a specialist in surgical oncology, will discuss the latest treatments in the fight against breast cancer at Broward General Medical Center.  For more information, call 954-831-2752.

Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.
Murder at the Multiplex
A sit down dinner and original murder mystery play performed by Coral Glades High School drama students will benefit the North Broward Medical Center and the Coral Springs Medical Center’s Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.  To purchase tickets ($20 pre-sale, $25 at the door), call 954-344-3344.

Oct. 14, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tiki Chic-y Poolside After Dark
A Glam-A-Thon event at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six.  Proceeds benefit the Broward Health Foundation.  For more information, visit

Oct. 15, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Glam Doll Strut
Strap on your stilettos and join thousands in the strut that will raise gobs of cash for local breast cancer patients and their families.  Proceeds benefit the Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit

Broward Health Locations:

Broward General Medical Center
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Coral Springs Medical Center
3000 Coral Hills Drive
Coral Springs, FL

North Broward Medical Center
201 E. Sample Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL

Imperial Point Medical Center
6401 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Broward Health Weston
2300 N. Commerce Parkway
Weston, FL