Mammography screening rates for women in Wyoming and Idaho are among the
lowest in the country. (Wyoming is in last place, although Teton County
rates are higher than the state average.) Leaders from several regional
hospitals recognized an opportunity to work together to address a top
women’s breast health issue. “Together we decided we could
move the needle on this important community health indicator,” says
Karen Connelly, St. John’s community relations officer.
The new education and outreach program invites women to take the Pinky
Promise, a pledge that they will talk to their physicians about breast
cancer screenings and make an appointment for recommended mammograms.
Women can make the Pinky Promise at tetonpinkypromise.com.
“The women I know are eager to join their friends in helping to elevate
Wyoming to a higher ranking in women's health,” says Connelly.
St. John’s Medical Center has joined five other regional hospitals
in this commitment to help guide area women to information about breast
health and mammography. Part of the outreach will involve dispelling common myths.
The five most common excuses to bypass this important screening include:
1. Breast cancer doesn’t run in my family.
2. Mammograms are painful.
3. I’m too busy.
4. I’m afraid that the mammogram will find something.
5. I’m too young.
Many women may believe they can’t afford a mammogram. That myth can
also be dispelled in Teton County, WY, thanks to resources like the Women’s
Health Care Fund of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation. For more
facts about breast health, talk with your primary care provider and visit
Media Contact: Karen Connelly,
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
care, clinical excellence, and community wellness through a full-service
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