Mountains Community Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Residents Show Support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection, and treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with one of the many forms of breast cancer. More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from the disease.
The residents of Mountains Community Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit are passionate about this cause and committed to getting our hospital “In the Pink.” They designated Tuesday, October 17, 2017 as their “Walk or Wheel” in our Rose Garden area. In the time leading up to the event, they created posters and decorations to adorn the hospital’s walls and outdoor paths. They invited staff and guests to join in, as they walked, or rolled, through the hospital’s grounds, to raise awareness for this important cause. The event was sponsored by: Rim of the World Comfort Pets, Jensen’s Finest Foods, Hortencias at the Cliff House and Wildflowers.
Rim of the World Comfort Pets had over four teams present. The therapy dogs and their owners have been visiting residents at MCH since 2005. They visit the Skilled Nursing Facility twice a week to promote health and improve the quality of life for our residents through animal-human interactions.
MCH is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and support the efforts of our SNF residents. We at MCH want everyone to be aware of the risks of breast cancer and to encourage women to take steps to lower their risk. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.
Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.