Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Early Detection


by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE - October; it's a month marked with fall colors like orange.. red.. and yellow..but also pink. In lieu of breast cancer awareness month we want to share what's being done around the state to raise money for breast cancer research, and to raise awareness for a disease that's impacted millions.

Mobile Mammogram Unit (Providence Imaging Center)

     According to the American Cancer Society breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the nation. It's also the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women.          The good news though; right now there are more than 2 1/2 million breast cancer survivors in the US. Experts believe that number is due to early detection and treatment

You may have seen the big white and pink coach in your companies parking lot. It is the providence imaging center's mobile unit. The program started in 1996 provides breast cancer screenings where you work and live. It includes an exam room with a digital mammogram unit and a registered technologist.

Each year they visit about 47 different sites across Alaska. Since 2006 they have performed about 9000 mammogram. Officials with the imaging center say some are hesitant to get screened but the program is very rewarding.

If your interested in getting screened, Mobile digital Mammography will be at Allure Day Spa and Hair Design on Thursday October 18th. You must pre-register here.

Wear Pink For Breast Cancer

     In downtown anchorage the employees at Snow City Cafe are celebrating this month by offering a limited edition "hot pink" Snow City Shirt. At 22$ a piece, 100% of the profits will be donated to the YWCA women's wellness program which provides mammogram and cervical cancer screenings for under-served women in the community. 
Snow City says getting out the word is what they care about the most.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (Saturday Oct. 6)

     If your looking to get involved and show your support for breast cancer awareness; you may plan to attend the "Making Strides" walk this Saturday from 9am-12noon at the west end of the Delaney park strip.

The walk is a non-competitive 5k, put on by the American cancer society. According to their site they have currently raised over 77,000 dollars.

     It's recommended that women over the age of 40 have a mammogram screening yearly and conduct self exams monthly. It's also good to note that men can be affected by the disease, so they too should consider getting screened.

Visit the "Making Strides" page for more details

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