During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Yoakum Community Hospital is proud to share the importance of early detection and intervention. “About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer during their lifetime,” said Becky Kollaus R.T.(R), Mammographer, YCH. “Although breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and the number one death-causing cancer for Hispanic women, most can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.”
To help prevent breast cancer, exercise is a great option, according to the American Cancer Society. Women can “get moving” to get rid of estrogen storing fat cells since estrogen is a hormone that is linked to breast cancer. It’s also advised to eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy weight for breast and overall health. In addition, knowing how your breasts normally look and feel through regular breast self-examination can be helpful, since there can be early warning signs even before symptoms may appear.
“Women between the ages of 35 and 45 should talk to their physician about getting started with their annual screening mammograms. Women ages 45 to 75 should be screened at least every two years but communication with your doctor about your risk for developing breast cancer is imperative, especially if a family member has had breast or ovarian cancer,” said Becky Kollaus R.T.(R)(M).
Yoakum Community Hospital has improved patient comfort and high quality imaging with its new, state of the art 3D Mammography machine and has partnered with MDsave to offer 3D mammogram readings for only $99 for the month of October. The process is simple – visit www.mdsave.com/yoakum-community-hospital to pay for the procedure through their secure site (mammogram AND radiologist fee included), schedule an appointment and then bring the voucher along with you as proof of payment. “We will also be giving a special gift to the first 100 patients during the month of October. We encourage you to please schedule your next mammogram at Yoakum Community Hospital and remember, Early Detection Saves Lives!” said Kollaus.
Please call our scheduling department today at 361-293-9638 to schedule your Mammogram today! To learn more about Yoakum Community Hospital and our services, please visit www.yoakumhospital.org