In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is providing the following information about breast cancer screenings and mammograms to our neighbors.

The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 15,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Screenings like mammograms can detect breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more effective, and can increase treatment options. All women should take a few minutes each month to do a breast self-exam, feeling for lumps, thickenings or hardened areas. Women over the age of 40 should schedule a mammogram every year or as recommended by their healthcare provider. And, women with a close family member who has had breast or ovarian cancer should talk to their healthcare provider about the risks for breast cancer.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital staff will be wearing pink in recognition of National Mammography Day on October 16, and pink ribbons have been distributed to employees to wear throughout October as a way of sparking awareness of breast cancer and honoring survivors.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is a Pink Ribbon Facility™ and offers state-of-the-art digital mammography with convenient evening hours. Contact (716) 592-8169 for an appointment or more information.