Douglas County is taking on a pink tinge in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Carson Valley Medical Center is offering discounted mammography screenings for $50 throughout the month of October. Appointments may be made by calling (775) 782-1533.
Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. CVMC offers different types of mammograms to give patients their best chance for early, accurate diagnosis.
A 3D Mammogram can detect a problem before it is felt during a self-exam and could be lifesaving. 3D digital mammography equipment is sophisticated state-of-the-art technology that provides a high-quality image to the radiologist for an accurate diagnosis.
Carson Valley Medical Center Chief Financial Officer Colleen Reid was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in October of 2019, after putting off a diagnostic mammogram for several years. Reid had a persistent lump she thought was related to an injury she received when her dog jumped on her the previous October.
She credits the 3D mammography technology and the meticulous care she received from Paul Knight, MD, a radiologist at CMVC for identifying her diagnosis.
“Early detection is just so important because it makes a difference in the treatments, the treatment options and the effectiveness of those treatments,” Reid said.
Annual mammograms are recommended for women beginning as early as age 40 by the American Cancer Society. Women should consult with their healthcare providers to determine the best time to begin.
Reid said she shared her story to encourage people to get screened.
“If my story helps get somebody go get their mammogram and it helps somebody say, ‘Okay, I can get through this,’ that's really fantastic,” she said.
CVMC’s $50 discounted rate applies to screenings scheduled Monday-Friday in October and cash, check or credit card payments at the time of service. Insurances will not be billed for discounted screenings. Price includes screening mammogram and radiology reading. Screening mammogram only, no implants at discounted rate.
For more information, visit cvmchospital.org or call (775) 782-1533.
Carson Valley Dental Arts is seeking a breast cancer survivor for a free smile makeover during the month of October 2021.
“We are asking that you nominate a breast cancer survivor for a freesmile makeover in honor of breast cancer awareness month,” staff said. “We understand the physical and emotional toll cancer can place on an individual and would like to see your beautiful smile once again. The smile makeover will include any dental work that you may need to restore your smile, completely free of charge in honor of Dr. Matthew Torres’ mother-in-law, who passed away from breast cancer in 2003. Cancer can take a lot from you, but it shouldn’t take your ability to have a beautiful smile.”
Nominations may be emailed to ElevateYourSmile@carsonvalleydentalarts.com .
Include the name of the nominee, a small paragraph detailing why this person is deserving of a smile makeover and a picture of the nominee.
In order to qualify for the smile makeover, a nominee will need to be currently in remission as often times radiation and chemotherapy can inhibit the ability to heal correctly.
Restrictions for dental may apply, depending on the individual chosen.
On Thursday, Douglas County commissioners issued a proclamation recognizing the month for breast cancer awareness.