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Published on October 02, 2006

Mammography Patients Receive Pink Carnations

October 02, 2006

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. This celebration brings together entire communities toward the common goal of raising awareness for breast cancer concerns, especially the life saving benefits of early detection through breast cancer screenings. Currently the most important action a woman can take to reduce her risk of dying from breast cancer is to get yearly mammograms. In honor of this event, the Valley West Diagnostic Imaging department will present every October mammography patient with a pink carnation.

Studies show that mammography detects 80 to 90% of cancers before they can be felt as lumps during self examinations, and the American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that a woman diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer has a 98% chance of surviving the first five years. The ACS and the National Cancer Institute recommend annual mammograms for women over the age of 40, and as early as 30 for women with a family history of breast cancer.

Although the number of women who receive yearly mammograms has more than doubled since National Breast Cancer Awareness month began in 1985, estimates predict more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, and nearly 41,000 will die from the disease. The American Cancer Society reports that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Despite these staggering statistics, death rates from breast cancer decline approximately 2% each year due to earlier detection and improved treatment.

On October 20, National Mammography Day, Valley West Community Hospital will have a booth at Super Wal-Mart in Plano to discuss breast cancer, early detection, and provide information about their certification as a Softer Mammogram Provider, and the MammoPad® used during exams. The ¼ foam pad is warm to the touch and soft to the skin, making compression of the breast more comfortable.

Early detection offers the best protection against breast cancer. A physicians order is required to schedule a mammogram at Valley West Community Hospital. Contact Diagnostic Imaging at (815) 786-3794.

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