Even though one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, Utah ranks among the lowest states in the nation for the number of women who get screening mammograms. It is recommended that women 40 and older have a yearly mammogram because when it comes to breast cancer, early detection can save a life.
Wendy Brunson followed recommendations and scheduled a mammogram just because she turned 40 although she had no lumps or reasons to be concerned. The mammogram revealed breast cancer and Wendy felt lucky. “I caught my cancer really early, and I really believe it’s because I went and got my mammogram,” she said. “If I had waited for a lump, my cancer was aggressive enough that it might have spread to other parts of my body.”
Early screening and detection means better outcomes and less invasive treatments down the line. Time, convenience and a sense of awkwardness are common reasons women give for not having a mammogram. But a mammogram only takes half an hour and the technicians are trained to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Intermountain Healthcare is celebrating women who take time out of their busy schedules for their health by offering a box of V Chocolates and a manicure item to every woman who gets a mammogram in October at one of our three Utah County hospitals — American Fork Hospital, Orem Community Hospital and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
Women can schedule a mammogram by calling (801)357-1170 or through an online scheduling feature at uvrmc.org/mammogram.