THINK PINK

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is the perfect time to get screened, and a chance to give more support to breast cancer survivors, their loved ones, and those who are just beginning the fight of their lives. Think Pink with us and spread the word on how we can save lives by finding breast cancer early, when it’s most easily treated. Help Utah women live healthier and happier lives and get in to win a home workout rand prize equipment package from Sole Fitness and FM100.3 that comes with a treadmill, recumbent bike, and elliptical.Why aren’t Utah women finding breast cncer when it’s easiest to treat?
FM100.3 and the Utah Department of Health want you to know that getting screened for breast cancer this year is very important. Even if you feel healthy. No matter how healthy you are, your two biggest risk factors for getting breast cancer are simply being a woman and getting older. About 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime; and most women who get breast cancer don’t have a history of breast cancer in their family.

During the pandemic, breast cancer screening rates dropped as much as 89% across the country. If you skipped your mammogram last year or haven’t had one yet this year you may have skpped the chance to find breast cancer in its earliest stages when it’s most easily and successfully treated.

Let’s change that.

Why we Think Pink
Breast Cancer is the 2nd most common cancer and one of the leading causes of death in women. And in Utah we have a challenge. Many women here aren’t getting their mammograms. Mammograms can find cancer early – sometimes years before it can be felt and when it’s most treatable. Only about 61% of Utah women aged 40 or older have had a mammogram in the last 2 years, compared with 71% of women in the United States. That means we often find breast cancer in Utah women when it is more advanced. But, we can change that by encouraging the women in our lives to get mammograms. If you are 40 or older, talk to your doctor about getting screened for breast cancer. And, whatever age you are, if you feel or see a change in your breast or nipple, talk to your doctor because just being a woman is the biggest risk factor. Family history is responsible for only 10 percent of breast cancers. So, please make an appointment to get screened and Think Pink for yourself and your loved ones.

Free mammograms in Utah
If you are a woman aged 40 – 64 with a moderate income, or are uninsured or underinsured (like a high deductible) you may qualify for a free breast and cervical cancer screening from the Utah Department of Health. Call 1-800-717-1811 to see if you qualify or get more info at CancerUtah.org.

 

 

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The Utah Department of Health – Free cancer screenings in UtahThe Utah Department of Helath provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to Utah women aged 40-64 who are low income, uninsured, or underinsured.

www.cancerutah.org

 

THINK PINK FACT TIPS

1 – All women 40 and older should talk to their doctor about getting screened for breast cancer.

2 – Your greatest risk factors for getting breast cancer are just being a woman and getting older.

3 – Utah has some of the best cancer hospitals and best cancer research centers in the country. But, we also have some of the lowest numbers of women who get screened. We need to change that.

4 – Mammograms can find breast cancer sometimes years before it can be felt or before you have symptoms. That’s why self-exams alone are not enough.

5 – You can reduce your risk of breast cancer by not smoking, limiting your alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight, eating plenty of vegetables, being physically active, and limiting postmenopausal hormone therapy.

6 – 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime and breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for Utah women.

7 – Family history or genetics is only responsible for about 10% of breast cancer cases, 90% of breast cancer survivors had no inherited risk.

8 – If you have a family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and BRAC2 genes, talk to your doctor about ways to lower your risk.

9 – Most insurance plans cover mammograms as part of breast and cervical cancer screening coverage.

10 – If you don’t have insurance or have a high deductible, the Utah Department of Health has a program that offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings. Call 1-800-717-1811

11 – Get to know your body. Look in the mirror and if you see skin puckering, dimpling, discharge, or any change in the look or feel of your breast, alert your doctor.

12 – Finding breast cancer early in a localized stage has a 5-year survival rate of 99%.

13 – Mammograms are essential to detect breast cancer early, but regular self-exams and clinical exams by a healthcare professional can help identify abnormalities and warning signs.

14 – There are different types of breast cancers and they may be treated differently depending on the type, the stage, the grade, and a patient’s own health history.

15 – Utah consistently has one of the lowest screening rates in the country. That means too many Utah women aren’t finding their breast cancer when it’s early and most successfully treated.

16 – Before Covid, only about 61% of Utah women were getting screened for breast cancer. That’s barely more than half.

17 – During the pandemic, the CDC reports screening rates dropped as much as 89% across the country.

18 – You can book your mammogram directly without going through your doctor. Just call up the screening facility and make an appointment.

19 – Your employer can call and have a mobile mammography unit come right to your worksite. Ask your Human Resources or Manager to call the Utah Department of Health about it.

20 – If you don’t have enough extra money to pay for a mammogram on top of your other expenses, you may qualify for a free mammogram with the Utah Cancer Control Program if you are between 40-64 years old. Visit CancerUtah.org