(Soldotna, AK) – October 31, 2023 – Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH) is pleased to announce that it provided 64 walk-in screening mammograms in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Employees also wore pink surgical gloves throughout the month to promote awareness of the importance of breast cancer screening.
“We are so grateful to the community for their support of breast cancer awareness efforts,” said Katherine Leslie, Imaging Director at CPH. “Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, but it is also one of the most treatable when detected early. That’s why we encourage all women to get regular mammograms.”
The American Cancer Society recommends that women aged 40 to 49 years get a mammogram every year. Women aged 50 to 74 years should get a mammogram every 2 years. Women with a high risk of breast cancer, such as those with a family history of the disease, may need to be screened more often. When breast cancer is detected early, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99% according to the National Institutes of Health.
Central Peninsula Hospital offers a variety of breast cancer screening services, including mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRIs. Our experienced imaging team will work with you to determine the best screening plan for your individual needs.
Breast cancer screening is important because it can help detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. When breast cancer is detected early, it is more likely to be smaller and less likely to have spread to other parts of the body. This means that early detection can lead to more effective treatment and a better chance of survival.
If you are a woman over the age of 40, please talk to your doctor about your risk of breast cancer and whether you should start getting regular mammograms.
You don’t need to wait until October to get your screening. Many insurance plans provide for and pay for this screening because it can save lives and future medical expenses.
To schedule a mammogram, please call Central Peninsula Hospital at (907) 714-4420.
Not sure if your insurance will cover it, or you don’t have insurance at all, then call our Financial Navigator for assistance at (907) 714-5688 or visit https://www.cpgh.org/help/