Cancer society and SVVMC team up against breast cancer

Cancer society and SVVMC team up against breast cancer October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center and American Cancer Society are joining together to increase awareness about the disease and encourage women, age 40 and over, to come in for a mammogram.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that 192,200 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and 40,200 will die of the disease.

However, when breast cancer is detected in its early stages it is highly curable, and mammography is the best tool available for early detection.

"The American Cancer Society and Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center encourage women who need a mammogram to choose one Tuesday in October for their screening and call for an appointment," states Valerie Hansen, Health Systems Coordinator for the American Cancer Society. "Sioux Valley's mammography department and staff is accredited by the American College of Radiologists and available every day for breast cancer screenings. Information about low and no-cost mammograms is available for women who do not have insurance coverage.

"The name of our event is Tell A Friend Tuesday," continued Hansen, "and we want to encourage everyone to remind friends, family � any women they care about � of the importance of receiving regular mammograms, and the opportunity available to them this month."

For more information about Tell A Friend Tuesday, call Veronica Schmidt at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center at 624-2611, or Hansen of the American Cancer Society at 1-888-266-2070.

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