Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To increase awareness, honor our area’s courageous survivors, and raise funds for those who are or will fight it, Shannon Medical Center held its 13th annual Pink Ribbon Run on October 3.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s event was held virtually, with participants waking or running from home – even on their treadmills – then submitting their times or posting pictures on social media for a chance to win prizes. As with ever year, breast cancer survivors participated at no cost.
October should be a reminder to all women that early detection is key, as one in eight will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Monthly self-exams should be routine. The American Cancer Society recommends women 40 to 44 begin annual mammogram screenings if they choose; women 45 to 54 should be screened with a mammogram every year; and women 55 and older may be screened every two years, or every year if they choose. For more information, or to schedule a mammogram, contact San Angelo Community Medical Center at 325-949-9511, or Shannon Imaging Center at 325-481-2339.