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Women’s Health and Mother’s Day

One in eight women in the United States will develop Breast Cancer over the course of her lifetime. Mother’s Day is all about appreciating the women in our lives who gave us life. So this year Health Officials are urging people to use this Holiday as a reminder for Moms, Grandmas, Aunts, and Sisters to put their health first.

It’s recommended that women should start getting annual mammograms at age 40, but the Pandemic had other ideas. Kristy Wolfel, a Breast Radiologist at Conemaugh Health System saying: “We stopped doing screening mammograms. Patients were still coming to us if they had a problem, but they were delaying their mammograms for about three months.” Three months turned into 6 months and even a year for some. Giving cancer the time to form or grow.

Missy Felton, Nurse Navigator of Breast Health at Conemaugh Health System saying: “I can’t stress strongly enough to get that yearly screening mammogram. Cancer can come from one mammogram to the next.” That’s the danger of waiting and that’s why it’s important not to delay any longer, so that we can protect the women who have given us life to possibly save theirs.

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