Going beyond “Thinking Pink” to thinking prevention and detection

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – The month of October is identified as Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the world. SageWest Health Care is proudly joining hundreds of other businesses and organizations to celebrate this worldwide campaign to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for research.

SageWest Health Care wants to do their part to decrease the incidence of breast cancer and help make our community healthier. To do this, they are collectively and eagerly committing their time and energy to raise awareness of the disease.

Check out the three ways women can look for signs of breast cancer as well as understand the importance of getting screened:

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1. Breast Self-Exam – According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. adult women of all ages should conduct a breast self-exam once per month.

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2. Clinical Breast Exam – This should be performed by your healthcare professional who is trained to recognize many different types of abnormalities and warning signs. This in-office exam will most likely be completed by your family physician or gynecologist at your annual exam.

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3. A mammogram – This is an x-ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any suspicious areas.

  • Women 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 or 2 years.
  • Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should ask their healthcare professional whether mammograms are advisable and how often to have them.

“Education is critical in battling breast cancer, and what’s equally crucial is taking the proper actions to reduce your risk of developing the disease,” says Dr. McMahill, internal medicine physician at Lander Medical Clinic. “Creating a personal early detection plan to identify your risk factors and monitor your health and scheduling annual mammograms are two things that could save your life.”

SageWest HealthCare will be having Mammo Tuesdays, held on every Tuesday in October from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

Please call 307-335-6250 for Lander and 307-857-3462 for Riverton to schedule your appointment.

Extended hours are for routine screening mammograms. Radiologists will read mammos during extended hours on the following day. 

It’s time to go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!