Whidbey General Hospital

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, Whidbey General is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.

Women 50 to 74 need mammograms every two years. You may choose to start getting mammograms earlier or to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

Whidbey General can help you with physician referrals and digital mammography in North, Central and South Whidbey. Our diagnostic imaging capabilities include breast MRI scan and biopsy technology.

In the event of a cancer diagnosis, our cancer care team, which received the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award for 2012, is ready to provide support and world-class clinical care.

Read "On the Road to Wellness: Services to Prevent Cancer," by Renee Yanke, ARNP, MN, AOCN, Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse, Cancer Program Manager at Whidbey General.

Call our Medical Ambulatory Care clinic at 360-678-7624 or 360-321-5173 to learn more about cancer care, prevention and early detection at Whidbey General.


Breast Cancer Awareness Resources

    • Mammogram machineThe state-funded Breast Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) screens qualified women for breast and cervical cancer. Citrine Health, in connection with BCCHP, helps uninsured or underinsured women in Island County obtain free or low-cost healthcare services such as health exams and mammograms.
    • Those who need a mammogram but do not qualify for financial assistance from Citrine Health may still be eligible for help through the Soroptimist International chapters on Whidbey Island. Citrine Health will make a referral after an assessment.
    • Learn more about breast cancer at the American Cancer Society website.
    • Check out Healthfinder.gov for information on the importance of screening and early detection of breast cancer.


Outstanding Quality

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. John Hassapis, Renee Yanke, ARNP and Dr. John Hoyt serve on the Whidbey General Cancer Care Committee.


The Commission on Cancer re-accredited our cancer care program in 2012 with the maximum eight commendations. Very few hospitals achieve this distinction. We also received the commission's annual Outstanding Achievement Award, an honor shared in 2012 by only 79 hospitals in the country and one other hospital in Washington. Read more about this prestigious award.


"All of you shine with love and caring!— That includes the doctors, nurses, clerical staff and others we’ve encountered and are blessed to have met. Why we’re here is not our choice, but we couldn’t think of a better place to go through this journey. We are so grateful." Read more comments about our Cancer Care Program.

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