Most people have been affected by breast cancer. Whether from a personal experience, or a shared experience of a mother, sister, aunt or friend, breast cancer has long reaching arms. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancers are expected to occur among women in the United States this year alone. Other than skin cancers, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women.
In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UMC will provide a free Breast Cancer Screening on Thursday, Oct. 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The screening will consist of a clinical breast exam and does not include a mammogram. Appointments are on a walk-in basis only.
A clinical breast exam is performed by a health care provider who manually checks breasts and underarm areas for any lumps or changes. Women should have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 39 and every year starting at 40. The American Cancer Society recommends an annual mammogram at 40 years old.
“In addition to clinical breast exams and mammograms, women should get to know their own bodies by performing a monthly breast self exam,” said UMC Oncology Program Coordinator Doris Cowell. “This gives women an opportunity to inform their physicians of any breast changes throughout the year.”
A woman’s chances of surviving are better if the cancer is detected early, before it spreads to other parts of the body.
Please note, the screening is not being held inside the hospital. It is inside the UMC Cast Clinic located at 1000 Shadow Lane (Northwest corner of Shadow Lane and W. Charleston Blvd).
UMC is the only public, non-profit hospital in Clark County and operates the state’s only Level I Trauma Center and Organ Transplant Center, Level II Pediatric Trauma, and Lions Burn Care Center. UMC is home to Children’s Hospital of Nevada, the only one of its kind in the Silver State that is recognized by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI.) UMC and Children's Hospital of Nevada offer the highest level of care within 10,000 square miles. UMC is affiliated with the University of Nevada School of Medicine and serves as the state’s major clinical campus. Through its affiliation with the School of Medicine, residency programs in emergency medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, family practice, general surgery and pediatrics are offered at UMC. UMC operates several Quick Care and Primary Care clinics around Clark County. UMC is home to several specialty service lines including orthopedics, pediatrics, neonatology, cardiology, neurology, and oncology, among others. Visit www.umcsn.com and childrenshospitalofnevada.org for more information.