The 14th annual Brake for Breakfast event took place this morning at the Portneuf Medical Center, giving out a quick breakfast, gift, and information about breast cancer to 2700 people.
October is breast cancer awareness month and hospitals across our region took it upon themselves to spread awareness to keep cancer from spreading.
“1 in 30 women are dying of breast cancer every year, and that’s a statistic that’s just too high. And so that’s the purpose in this, to get the word out, have people get their mammograms, and stay up on all their screenings so we can detect it early,” said PMC’s Community Education Coordinator, Nikki Goldade.
Because there is no cure to breast cancer yet, events like this are so important. Not just to spread awareness but also to teach about prevention.
Goldade comments, “Early detection is the best prevention and that’s what we’re here to remind people about. We’ve got the mammography coach here so it’s really easy to stop in get breakfast get your free gift get all of the breast cancer info and get your mammogram too.”
Annual mammograms are the saving grace in so many cases, but there is more to detecting cancer than a yearly screening.
“Just by being aware of your body and notice changes, that makes all the difference. And then those regular mammograms, but if I would have waited a whole year, I would have been in major trouble,” said breast cancer survivor Sue Parker.
Brake for Breakfast is a fun take on a serious issue and has already proved its worth over the years.
“We’ve even had a few people who have come through the event who have gotten mammograms that have detected breast cancer and so they detected it early enough and we were able to get treatment for them fast and it’s made a huge difference in their life,” comments Goldade.
Parker adds: “It’s so much fun and awareness is great and I would just say for everyone to be aware of breast cancer and the risk because it is the number one cause of death from cancer in women so it’s important we be aware of it.”
It is important for women over 40 to get a mammogram at least once a year. To schedule your appointment you can call the Portneuf Medical Center’s operator at 239-1000 and ask for the mammography office.