On the 9th of every month, we remind everyone to do their self breast exams. Then, remind your buddy to do the same. It's important to know your own body and do routine checks to catch breast cancer early.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, one in seven women in Colorado will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Eleven women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day in Colorado.
Tuesday, the Breast Care Center is open for walk in mammogram appointments. It's at St. Joseph's Hospital on Marion St. in Denver. They're open until 4 p.m. The tests are covered by most insurance.
Breast cancer awareness advocate and Denver's First Lady Mary Louise Lee says, "Cancer does not discriminate, so it doesn't matter if you're black, white, green, blue or yellow. It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if you have a history of it at all. You have to get tested."
She spoke about her first experience getting a mammogram. She said it was uncomfortable but she'll continue to do it for the sake of her health.
"It's so important and I know that a lot of us are afraid," she said. "What if we cannot be afraid. We've got to make sure that we get these screenings so that we can nip it in the bud."
Doctors recommend you get an annual mammogram every year after you turn 40. Experts say, when breast cancer is diagnosed early there's a 99% survival rate.
"I think the most important thing is that you have to know what's going on with you. Have to know what's going on with your body. You need to talk to your primary care physician," said Lee.
You can help support those fighting and surviving breast cancer. There's still time to join the Race for the Cure this year. It's a 5K Race on September 25th at the Pepsi Center. Last year 23,000 people participated. Participants helped raise more than $1 million for the community and $460,000 for global breast cancer research.