Hospital Updates Written By Pamela Wickkiser

Paint Laramie Pink

This October, clinical staff will begin wearing pink gloves in an effort to raise awareness surrounding breast cancer and early screenings.

Things will soon look a little rosier than usual at Ivin­son Memo­r­ial Hospi­tal. Begin­ning Octo­ber 1, staff members will trade in their regu­lar latex gloves for pink ones — a show of soli­dar­ity in the fight against breast cancer, the second-lead­ing cause of cancer death among Amer­i­can women.

During Octo­ber, the pink gloves will be a simple reminder that early detec­tion really is the best protec­tion. We now under­stand that if caught early, breast cancer is entirely treat­able, which is why breast cancer screen­ings are so important.

The mammo­gram, an x-ray of the breast, can detect breast cancer up to two years before a tumor can be felt. Mammo­grams are the key to a solid, early clin­i­cal diag­no­sis. In recent years, mammo­grams have gone from analog, black-and-white films to digi­tal, allow­ing doctors to enlarge images and rotate them to look at abnor­mal­i­ties more closely.

1 2018 Pink Gloves

Ivin­son has installed the Sele­nia Dimen­sions 6000. This system is fast, low dose and clin­i­cally supe­rior. The 2D and 3D image slices are reviewed together to make clin­i­cal deci­sions or diag­noses part of the screen­ing exam. There is even a paddle system that conforms to the natural contours of the breast, provid­ing greater comfort to the patient and a more even compres­sion across the entire breast. We are thrilled with this new tech­nol­ogy and the advan­tages it is giving our patients.

In look­ing at the statis­tics, a vast major­ity of women don’t rate their mammo­gram expe­ri­ence as bad. They feel it is incon­ve­nient but not uncom­fort­able or embar­rass­ing. In the United States, breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as the lead­ing cause of cancer deaths among women.

The conse­quences of miss­ing out on screen­ings may mean a later diag­no­sis, which could also lower chances of survival. Digi­tal mammog­ra­phy is a simple yet effec­tive tool in the early detec­tion of breast cancer.

Choose to act during Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month or, even better, choose to act in your birth­day month. This is the most impor­tant gift you can give your­self. It truly is a reason to celebrate.

For more infor­ma­tion on Ivin­son Memo­r­ial Hospi­tal digi­tal mammog­ra­phy system or to sched­ule a mammo­gram, please call the IMH Radi­ol­ogy Depart­ment at (307) 7554640.