Think Fast, Think Pink, Think Beat

Por Sherrie Pratt, Communications Coordinator

We all know breast cancer is a leading form of cancer among women. Yes, mammograms are uncomfortable; mammograms take time out of your day; mammograms can be costly. However, YES, mammograms CAN save your life, so it’s important to say Yes; I’m going to schedule one today.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and survivors know first-hand that early detection is vital! It’s lifesaving. Breast cancer statistics are still high, mainly because many cases go undiagnosed. Nearly 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer; sadly, more than 40,000 in the U.S. lose their lives yearly.

Central Florida Health Care APRN, Natalie Wipert, dedicates her life to keeping women healthy. She strongly encourages women over 40 to get a mammogram every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that 69.1% of U.S. women 40 and older have had mammograms in the past two years. Wipert encourages patients always to pay attention to their bodies. Changes in breast shape, size, pain, nipple discharge, and a new lump in the breast or underarm are all possible indicators of breast cancer. But remember that mammograms can locate issues you might not see or recognize. Many women don’t even realize they have breast cancer because they can’t see any signs.

Central Florida Health Care CEO Ann Claussen understands mammograms’ importance because one saved her life. She now champions CFHC’s annual golf tournament, which raises money to pay for breast cancer screenings and follow-ups for those who can’t afford the expense. The event has raised $386,673 since 2016 and will return to the Winter Haven Country Club this October for its 7th event!

We encourage those worried about mammogram costs to call our scheduling team. You must be a patient to qualify for a free mammogram. Our team wants to keep you safe, and mammograms are well worth the time and effort to stay protected. Natalie Wipert accepts new OB-GYN patients in the Lakeland Primary Care Health Center. Call to schedule an appointment at 866.234.8534. We are Health Care with a Heart.