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Reminder: Wear Pink and Get Your Mammogram

This October, Family Health West wants to remind women and men in our community that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On October 22nd, the organization is promoting getting a breast cancer screen by wearing pink. “We are encouraging our employees to wear pink and compete for a prize,” said Angelina Salazar, Director of Communications. “Above all, we want to promote preventative screenings and wearing pink is a great reminder.”

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

“We were the first in the valley to provide 3D Mammography,” said Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center’s director of radiology, Michelle Angelo. “Unlike traditional 2D mammography which takes images of your entire breast, the 3D Tomosynthesis machine takes images of your breast tissue in layers only 1mm thick to provide a precise, crystal clear image, which makes diagnosis much easier.”

If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them. If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a screening mammogram. You may also choose to get them more often. Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.