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Early Detection

Boundary Community Hospital
Amber Allen, BCH's Mammography Technician

Early Detection Your Most Effective Weapon Against Breast Cancer Courtesy of Boundary Community Hospital| Photo courtesy Boundary Community Hospital

Breast cancer has surpassed lung cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, as of the end of 2020, 7.8 million women diagnosed within the past five years are still alive. Despite the sobering statistics, early detection dramatically improves prognosis.

Advanced imaging technologies, like 3D mammography (also known as digital breast tomosynthesis), have revolutionized early detection. Earlier detection correlates with a better prognosis, giving you more reason than ever not to skip your annual mammogram.

In our own Boundary County, more than 3,000 women are within the recommended mammogram screening age of 40 to 75. Unfortunately, many skip screenings due to misunderstandings, such as the belief that family history is the only risk factor. However, less than 15 percent of breast cancer cases are linked to family history.

Symptoms of breast cancer can vary from a painless lump in the breast to changes in breast appearance or skin. Notably, early stage cancers often show no symptoms, making screenings crucial. Women between the ages of 40 and 49 account for one in six breast cancer cases, underscoring the need to start screening at age 40.

Financial Assistance and Local Resources Are you concerned about the cost? Panhandle Health offers financial relief through vouchers for eligible women. To inquire about receiving a free mammogram, call Panhandle Health at 208.267.5558.

Take Action Today Don't wait for symptoms to start worrying. Early detection significantly improves treatment outcomes. Most lumps detected early are not cancerous, but treating them before they metastasize is crucial.

Make Your Health a Priority with Boundary Community Hospital Boundary Community Hospital is here to support you every step of the way. Mammography appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and ultrasound appointments can be scheduled on Tuesday and Friday. To make your life-saving appointment, call 208.267.3141 ext. 4258.

A Lifesaving Act of Self-Love Your health should be your priority. In the fight against breast cancer, early detection is your best defense. With the committed team at Boundary Community Hospital, you are in capable and caring hands.

Schedule your mammogram today. It's an act of self-love that could very well save your life.

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