BLACKFOOT — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Bingham Memorial Hospital was one of several regional hospitals that raised breast cancer awareness through the popular Brake for Breakfast event Wednesday morning.
Brake for Breakfast events raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection through regular mammograms and self-exams.
The hospital handed out 2,000 free cooler bags with breakfast along with literature and breast cancer awareness gifts to those who drove by the hospital Wednesday morning.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 192,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, with 40,000 expected to die from breast cancer. In Idaho, there were more than 1,100 new cases diagnosed in 2009 alone.
Mammograms and self-breast exams are the key to early detection and an increased chance of survival. The ACS encourage women to conduct self examinations beginning in their early 20s. Women should begin receiving yearly mammograms at age 40.
Bingham Memorial is also sponsoring a free seminar Oct. 20. The seminar, titled "Think Pink," will be led by Dr. Rebecca Gill and will focus on providing information about breast cancer detection, prevention and treatment. It will begin at 6 p.m. at the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza. Space is limited; reserve your spot by calling 782-2937 or online at www.MyFreeSeminar.org .