October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Hospital commissioners (from left) Grethe Cammermeyer, RN, PhD, Anne Tarrant, Nancy Fey, Georgia Gardner, CPA, and Ron Wallin wore pink in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as did staff at Island Women's Healthcare (below).
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. 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
- The 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.
- Visit the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website for information on breast health, patient resources, breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.
- Check out Healthfinder.gov for information on the importance of screening and early detection of breast cancer.