If you are 50 years and older, make sure to ask about scheduling a mammogram. Depending on risk factors and family history some doctors recommend age 40. This is the test you need to help find breast cancer early. It could help save your life!
Regular mammograms can help find breast cancer early, when it’s small, less likely to have spread, and could be easier to treat.
Getting tested for breast cancer can make a dramatic difference in a woman’s chances of surviving the disease. The 5-year survival rate for women with breast cancer that has not spread outside the breast is 99%. However, if cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, the rate drops to 85%. And if it has spread to other organs, the 5-year survival rate drops to 26%.
So don’t wait. Remind the women you care about to get regular mammograms.
Mammograms are not perfect. They can miss some breast cancers, so be sure to see a healthcare provider right away if you notice any changes in the way your breasts look and/or feel.
If you have a family or personal history of breast cancer or think you might be at higher risk than other women, discuss this with your healthcare provider so you can decide on the screening schedule that’s right for you.
Wyoming Cancer Resource Services partners with Wyoming Breast and Cervical Program and Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative to assist all women with getting their mammograms.
To learn more about mammograms and breast cancer screening, contact the Wyoming Cancer Program at 1-800-264-1296, health.wyo.gov/cancer or your local Wyoming Cancer Resource Services coordinator, Val Walsh-Haines at 307-578-2702 or vwalsh-haines@codyregionalhealth.
Wyoming Cancer Resource Services is funded by the Wyoming Department of Health, Wyoming Cancer Program.
To see if you qualify for a free mammogram, click here.
Stop by and see us at the Roasters Rendezvous on September 7th.
We will be partnering with SageWest Health Care and Community Health Centers of Central Wyoming giving away free cupcakes and applications for free Mammograms, as well as providing information on other health-related topics.
For Roasters Rendezvous tickets, click here.