CHI St. Alexius Health Williston is excited to announce its annual Mammos and Mimosas event, taking place on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

During this event, CHI St. Alexius Health Williston will be offering mammograms, and appointments can be scheduled by calling 701.774.7435. Attendees can enjoy a complimentary breakfast and non-alcoholic Mimosas while receiving their mammograms, with insurance coverage for the procedure.

Delaying your mammogram by a year or more can allow undetected cancer to progress and become more challenging to treat. Breast cancer remains the most frequently diagnosed cancer among American women, affecting one in eight over their lifetime.

Regular mammograms and clinical breast exams are crucial for early cancer detection, which significantly improves treatment outcomes. Women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer typically have a favorable prognosis.

Rather than postponing your mammogram, consider it a lifesaving preventive measure and a reliable ally in safeguarding your health. Here are some compelling reasons to schedule your annual mammogram:

  1. Early Detection: Mammograms can identify tiny abnormalities long before they can be felt. The 5-year survival rate for breast cancer detected solely in the breast is 99%.
  2. For Everyone: Most women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease, as about 85% of cases occur in women with no such history. Every woman is at risk simply because of her gender.
  3. Starting Age: It's important to note that every woman should begin annual mammograms at age 40 or age 35 if they have risk factors or a family history of breast cancer. This recommendation is supported by the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Radiology, and the American Cancer Society.
  4. Comfort Matters: CHI St. Alexius Health uses 3D mammography for enhanced patient comfort. If you experience breast tenderness the week before your menstrual cycle, consider scheduling your mammogram for a different week and communicate any concerns about discomfort to the imaging professionals.
  5. Knowledge Is Power: Avoiding the mammogram won't change the reality of your health. Having knowledge about your health empowers you to make informed decisions and take better care of yourself. Early-stage breast cancer is significantly easier to treat.
  6. Prioritize Self-Care: Women often prioritize family over their own health. However, neglecting your health can lead to more challenging cancer treatment, making it harder to care for your loved ones. Taking time for an annual mammogram is a meaningful gift to yourself and your family.
  7. Share the Message: Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women, but early detection through clinical breast exams and mammograms is the best defense. After scheduling your annual mammogram, encourage eight women in your life to do the same, spreading the power of early detection.

This is an important reminder for myself and all you ladies out there. Don't delay – take proactive steps to protect your health and the health of those you care about by scheduling your annual mammogram today.

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