Lakeview Regional Medical Center will celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by offering routine digital mammograms for $50 throughout the entire month of October. Each October, the color pink begins to appear more prominently in the world around us. It is seen on lids of yogurt containers, in ribbons worn on lapels and pockets, on football gloves being worn by NFL players, and in thousands of other creative places. This proliferation of pink serves as a constant visual reminder that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of American women each year. “As a husband and father, I want to protect my wife and daughter, from the horrors of breast cancer,” states Bret Kolman, Lakeview Regional Chief Executive Officer. “As a professional in the medical field I want all women to be protected from this disease, therefore Lakeview Regional is doing what we can to make sure all women learn about their risks factors and get annual mammograms.”

According to the National Cancer Institute one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%, but over 30% of women are diagnosed after breast cancer has spread beyond the localized stage.

Lakeview Regional physicians encourage patients to know their risks. By creating and following an Early Detection Plan, chances of detecting breast cancer in its early stages are greatly increased. Personal risk factors should be considered when preparing an Early Detection Plan. These risk factors include diet, weight, alcohol intake and other lifestyle factors.

Lakeview Regional Medical Center Women’s Center is the most technologically progressive hospital on the Northshore, committed to the fight against breast cancer; and the only facility with the technology and staff to offer immediate results if a screening mammogram is abnormal. Call (985) 867-3890 to schedule an appointment.