This month, doctors are urging women to "think pink"-to think about breast cancer.Î¾ Normally, doctors recommend only women over age 40 get a yearly mammogram.Î¾ But the breast cancer clinic called The Rose has set up a service especially to screen younger women.Î¾ CEO and Co-Founder Dorothy Gibbons says they surveyed the younger women they've diagnosed.
"Every single one of them had been told by their health care provider, 'You're too young for a mammogram.' Well, that's true, but they're not too young for breast cancer.Î¾ What we've got to have is a system that invites younger women to have their breasts checked."
Usually, women under 40 aren't screened because they make up only about 7% of diagnosed cases. Young women's breast tissue is also more dense, so it can be hard to see anything with an X-Ray.Î¾ But at The Rose, doctors use ultrasound and other procedures to test young women.Î¾Î¾ This is Co-Founder and Medical Director Dr. Dixie Melillo in her clinic.
"I think what amazes me is you always think that they would be devastated , or you always think that they would blow it off, but I find young women to be very responsible.Î¾ I think they take it seriously when we explain to them that we're seeing more and more young women with breast cancer."
Gibbons especially encourages young women with a family history of the disease, or who notice any changes in their breast, to get screened.Î¾ The Rose uses fees from insured and paying patients to cover the uninsured.Î¾ Gibbons says that early detection is key.
"You don't want to be afraid of finding cancer.Î¾ You want to be afraid of finding it late."
In the last year, The Rose diagnosed about 40 young women with breast cancer.Î¾ That's 40 young lives that may be saved with early intervention.
From the KUHF NewsLab, I'm Melissa Galvez.
For more information about The Rose, please visitÎ¾ www.the-rose.org.