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TMH Living Well: Regular check-ups, exercise increase chance of breast cancer survival

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Getting diagnosed with breast cancer — any cancer — is scary. It's hard to avoid thoughts of "what if," especially when there is a lag between diagnostic appointments or procedures. Yet, breast cancer is survivable for many, and getting regular check ups increases those odds tremendously. Early detection often means early stage — and early stage means treatable.

If you go

The Memorial Hospital 5K Glow Run

6:45 p.m. Saturday

Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St.

— The course loops around CNCC and TMH. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and costumes are encouraged. The cost is $25 for adults; $15 for TMH, CNCC and Craig Daily Press employees, CNCC students and kids under 18; and $10 for Girls on the Run participants. Long-sleeve t-shirts are available for $10. Food, music and fun activities will take place afterward. For more information, visit http://www.thememorialhospital.com/community.

"I like to reassure my patients with this statistic: 80 percent of breast cancer diagnoses are detected in the early stages, giving these women a 97 percent five-year survival rate," said Jackie Smith, RN, and nurse navigator for women's services at The Memorial HospitalThe Memorial Hospital..

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Don't skip a mammogram because of fear

It's easy to put off getting a mammogram. They can be uncomfortable, but the new mammography machine at TMH makes it less so. It also provides more clear, precise imagery and will have 3-D capabilities in the future. The new state-of-the-art Siemens Digital Mammography Machine also exposes women to less radiation.

Sometimes mammograms spark a second look — likely a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound or a biopsy — if a mass of any kind is found. Knowing that second looks usually result in a non-cancer outcome helps.

"While it can be stressful to be called back for a diagnostic mammogram, the follow-up need for a biopsy is usually low, and needing a biopsy doesn't necessarily mean cancer, either," Smith said.

If you have a family history or personal concern, ask your doctor if it's wise to start getting mammograms before age 50 and more frequently than every other year as is now recommended.

Take advantage of TMH's offer for low-cost mammograms the month of October. Screening mammograms are $80. Payment is due at the time of service and insurance will not be billed. You will need an order from your doctor to schedule your mammogram. To make it even easier to follow through, during the month of October TMH will offer Saturday appointments Oct. 3, 10 and 17.

Exercise to reduce risk

We all have heard the great benefits of exercise — lowered cholesterol, better sleep, less food cravings and lighter moods. Add reduced risk of certain cancers, including breast cancer, to that list. According to the National Cancer InstituteNational Cancer Institute, the relationship between breast cancer incidence and exercise has been extensively studied, with most results showing that women who are physically active have a lower risk of breast cancer. , the relationship between breast cancer incidence and exercise has been extensively studied, with most results showing that women who are physically active have a lower risk of breast cancer.

National Cancer Institute, the relationship between breast cancer incidence and exercise has been extensively studied, with most results showing that women who are physically active have a lower risk of breast cancer.

To get the most protection, studies suggest exercising 30 to 60 minutes a day at moderate or high intensity. How does it work? Scientists think that exercise might lower hormone levels and therefore lower risk of hormone-based breast cancers. It also improves immunity and lowers insulin levels, which could also play in to lessen cancer risk.

Start Saturday! Grab a glow stick, a costume and your running shoes and head to TMH for the second annual 5K Glow Run around the Colorado Northwestern Community College and TMH campuses. There will be prizes for best costumes and a post-event celebration. Proceeds support Moffat County Cancer Society and The Memorial Hospital Foundation. Who knows, it could be the start of a new, healthy habit to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

This weekly article with tips on living well is sponsored by The Memorial Hospital at Craig – improving the quality of life for the communities we serve through patient-centered healthcare and service excellence.This weekly article with tips on living well is sponsored by The Memorial Hospital at Craig – improving the quality of life for the communities we serve through patient-centered healthcare and service excellence.This weekly article with tips on living well is sponsored by The Memorial Hospital at Craig – improving the quality of life for the communities we serve through patient-centered healthcare and service excellence.

If you go

The Memorial Hospital 5K Glow Run

6:45 p.m. Saturday

Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St.

— The course loops around CNCC and TMH. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and costumes are encouraged. The cost is $25 for adults; $15 for TMH, CNCC and Craig Daily Press employees, CNCC students and kids under 18; and $10 for Girls on the Run participants. Long-sleeve t-shirts are available for $10. Food, music and fun activities will take place afterward. For more information, visit http://www.thememorialhospital.com/community.

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