Family Health West promotes breast cancer awareness

Family Health West in Fruita has scheduled an event in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On Oct. 22, the health care organization will encourage employees to wear pink as a reminder to get breast cancer screenings.

“We are encouraging our employees to wear pink and compete for a prize,” said Angelina Salazar, director of communications. “Above all, we want to promote preventative screenings, and wearing pink is a great reminder.”

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women, and about one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during their lives. Many people survive breast cancer, though, if the disease is detected and treated early.

Women age 40 to 49 are encouraged talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them. Woman age 50 to 74 should get screenings. Women also are encouraged talk to a doctor about their risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer.

Family Health West offers three-dimensional mammography.

“Unlike traditional 2D mammography, which takes images of your entire breast, the 3D tomosynthesis machine takes images of your breast tissue in layers only 1 millimeter thick to provide a precise, crystal clear image, which makes diagnosis much easier,” said Michelle Angelo, director of radiology at the Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center in Fruita.