WHAT: A fitness event to fund mammograms for underinsured women and men under age 40
WHERE: Urban Athletic Training Center in Canton
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 24, from 4-9 p.m.
WHY: There’s a reason people opt to have their breasts squished between two plates: Mammograms use X-ray images to reveal tumors, which could be cancerous, before they can be felt.
Women and high-risk men are typically advised — by organizations like the American Cancer Society and U.S. Preventative Services Task Force — to wait until age 40-50 to begin this screening, so as to reduce the risk of false positives and overdiagnosis. And because these guidelines inform many health insurance plans, individuals may not be covered if they want to get a mammogram before age 40.
Barbells for Boobs, however, advocates for universal screening access. Through a fourth annual fundraiser by that same name, UATC hopes to help the nonprofit pay for tests and other services for younger patients and those without adequate income or insurance.
“It’s an active way to raise money for a good cause,” says Justina Goodman, the gym’s general manager and group fitness director. “We usually raise between $300 and $600.”
That figure includes online contributions, but most money is collected on event day, when members of the public can drop in for a group fitness session. “If they want to work out, we ask that they do a donation. It can be as little as a quarter or as much as they want,” Goodman says.
Attendees can also visit a mobile hydrostatic body fat testing machine to get an accurate measure of their body composition (by hopping in a water tank, so bring a swimsuit). And more casual visitors can purchase T-shirts and baked goods made by the gym’s instructors.
“There’ll be music and people hootin’ and hollerin’, sweating and cheering each other on,” Goodman says, and spectators are welcome, too. “We really encourage people just to show up.”
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