Breast Cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the world.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, it’s the leading cancer found in women (approximately 2.1 million cases discovered in 2018, accumulating to about 25 percent of cancer cases amongst females) and the third most prevalent amongst all sexes.
Breast Cancer has become so common that this entire month is designated to raising awareness.
Sports dedicate wearing pink during their events through the month of October and numerous fundraisers are held to raise money for research for a cure.
Memorial Hospital of Carbon County does not shy away from participating.
Memorial Hospital Radiology Manager Jan Gulbrandson said that October is a full month of promotional opportunities for patients as the hospitals way of showing its appreciation for getting checked out.
“My world turns pink in October, that’s just how it is,” Gulbrandson said. “We like to offer that as a promotional thing for anyone who likes to come in for their mammogram during the month of October. As a hospital, we’re offering a promotional…all screening mammograms are $150. That’s less than half of what it usually is.”
Whether insured or uninsured, Memorial Hospital is creating an opportunity for women to come in and get screened.
“If they’re uninsured or have insurance that doesn’t cover mammograms, we do have some grant funding,” Gulbrandson said.
According to Gulbranson, the area is at no more or less at risk than anywhere else when it comes to cases of the disease, but still is a part of the epidemic. For that reason, the hospital has installed state of the art equipment to track the disease as early as possible.
MHCC uses a 2-D digital screening process for mammograms that Gulbrandson said has improved the quality and detecting the disease earlier.
The process of prevention will only be improving down the road.
Gulbrandson said that the facility has been approved for 3-D digital mammograms – the most up to date detecting system – to bring to the facilities within the next year. She expects it to improve the current system that has already been successful.
“We went from film screen – which is screens you can put up and look at – to digital, which we have currently,” she said. “The newest out on the market for mammography is 3-D, which is slices of the tissue, like looking at a loaf of bread. You could pull each loaf up and see it individually.”
Memorial Hospital may not be in the loaf of bread stages of Breast Cancer detection, but it has enough in the cabinet to keep County citizens safe.
The best form of prevention is to get checked, Gulbrandson said. The earlier you detect it, the better chance you will have at beating it.
“The best outcome is if we catch those early,” she said. “Annual screening exams are very important. We do a mammo-tracking system here. So once you’ve had a mammogram here, the next year we send you a letter.”
Breast cancer is a scary disease that is plaguing the world, but it curable the earlier it is found, Gulbrandson said.
The available great funding money is provided by the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative.
For more information on Memorial Hospital’s $150 mammogram, usage of the available grant funding and other Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotions, contact MHCC at 324-8381.