Mammograms in Big Bear

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and each year the Big Bear Soroptimists make no cost and low-cost mammogram screenings available for local women at the Bear Valley Community Hospital.

Women are encouraged to participate in the Sue McNutt Soroptimist Mammogram Program if they need assistance through a no cost or low cost option.

The American Cancer Society suggests that women 40 and over have an annual breast exam and and a clinical breast exam every three years for those in their 20s and 30s.

I had a scare after my mammogram earlier this year. Fortunately, the second screening revealed that it was nothing to worry about–but it is stressful–so don’t delay.

Believe it or not, in San Bernardino County there are few machines available and the backlog for mammograms can be months.

I talked to a tech during my mammograms asking why they did not have more or why they could not offer the ultrasound options–a much more pleasurable and newer technology option.

Bottom line? Lack of funding. Which seems ridiculous when it comes to early detection and prevention.

It took six months for me to be scheduled for my mammogram from the initial referral.

Fortunately, the follow up was schedule within two weeks of the abnormality and I lucked out.

Breast cancer screenings now mean that the survival rate for breast cancer is now 98% (after five year recheck) when the cancer has not spread beyond the breast at time of diagnosis.

Anyway, if you (or a friend) need a screening call Cheri Wood at the hospital at 866-6501 ext. 8214.

The American Cancer Society anticipates an estimated 192,000 or more new cases of breast cancer to be diagnosed in the United States this year.

Visit the national breast cancer awareness website to learn more.

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