This October, routine breast health screening will be anything but routine at Lakewood Health System.

Lakewood Health System is offering women a unique way to make annual mammography screening less of a chore and more, well, like a party.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and throughout the month Lakewood will be hosting "Mammo Parties." The parties will vary in terms of activities, but women who attend will be treated to things like massages, paraffin wax dips, prize drawings, refreshments and make-up consultations.

Kris Posner, Lakewood Health System Breast Health Navigator, said the importance of early detection in breast cancer can't be overestimated. "We know that mammography helps catch breast cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful," said Posner. "Treating women to some pampering as a reward for getting screened is a small thing to do for possibly saving a life."

The Mammo Parties will be held at Lakewood's Main Campus east of Staples on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 1-5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13 from 1-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 1-5 p.m., and Monday, Oct. 24, from 1-7 p.m.

"It's a great opportunity for women to get together with their daughters, neighbors and friends and make it an event," said Posner. "They can have fun and do something positive for themselves at the same time."

Women who want to schedule a mammogram during one of the Mammo Party times should call (218) 898-PINK (7465).