October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and what better time is there to remind women age 40 and over to get their annual breast cancer screenings?
Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women, behind skin cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that about 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year in the U.S.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death caused by cancer in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year. However, detecting breast cancer early and receiving state-of-the-art treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer.
That is why each October the Comprehensive Breast Center at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) offers free mammograms to women in need.
PCRMC will provide 50 mammograms Monday, Oct. 30, free of charge to women who are at least age 40 or older and financially qualify.
Forty of these screenings will take place at the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center located on the first floor of the Medical Office Building. The remaining 10 will be offered at the PCRMC Waynesville Medical Plaza. Mammograms normally take about 15-20 minutes.
To see if you qualify or to make an appointment for one of these screenings, call Centralized Scheduling at 573-458-7737.
“Annual screening mammograms allow for breast cancer to be detected in earlier stages, when breast cancer is most treatable,” said Tiffany Henry, PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center coordinator. “Mammograms can actually detect breast changes up to two years before a patient or physician could feel them.”
Since June 2016, the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center has been offering 3-D mammography technology. “A 3-D mammogram provides greater image detail, decreases the risk that a patient will be called back for further testing and has a 30-40 percent higher breast cancer detection rate (than 2-D mammograms),” Henry noted.
These 50 free mammograms are provided thanks to the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Breast Center Mammography Fund, which provides financial assistance to qualified women for screening mammograms and other procedures, as recommended by the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center.
The public can help by donating to this fund during the 4th annual PCRMC pumpkin decorating contest to be held Friday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Private Dining Rooms 1 and 2 near the PCRMC cafeteria. For more information, or to submit an entry, contact Tiffany Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the other events returning for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the 2nd Annual PCRMC Breast Cancer Awareness March to be held Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Centre, 1200 Holloway St. in Rolla. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the march will start at 10:30 a.m. For more information on how to register for the march, contact Tiffany Henry at email@example.com.