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October is the Time for Mammograms

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Community news


October is the month we all celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness. There are pink ribbons everywhere. Pink themed billboards and real men wearing pink are common sights. Del Rio does a great job advertising Breast Cancer Awareness and educating the community on the importance of self-exams and mammograms. There are numerous events being held this month around Breast Cancer Awareness.

October 21st from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Val Verde Regional Medical Center will be celebrating Mammography Day by doing baseline mammograms. A baseline mammogram is your first mammogram. It gives your healthcare provider a place to start. She or he can watch for any abnormalities in subsequent mammograms. If you are 40 years old (35 with a history of breast cancer in your family) you should schedule a baseline mammogram. A mammogram is painless and fast. You are only exposed to a very small amount of radiation. It is basically an x-ray for your breast and nothing to be fearful about. Early detection saves lives. A mammogram can show abnormalities up to two years before you or your doctor can detect them.

You can call 830-778-3674 to make an appointment for a mammogram. You will be asked to provide your doctor’s information so they can send the results to her or him. If you are under 35 but have breast cancer in your family, please confirm with your doctor or insurance that you are covered for a mammogram. Any patient receiving a mammogram in the month of October will be entered in to a raffle as Val Verde Regional Medical Center’s way of celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness.

PHOTO: Jillian Mata and Julie Alfaro are Mammography Technicians at Val Verde Regional Medical Center.