Pink ribbons can be found everywhere throughout the month of October, signaling Breast Cancer Awareness. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer.

With such a scary statistic, Radiologist Shawn Reesman stresses the importance of getting mammograms. It is a test that only lasts about 15 minutes, but is one of the best ways to detect cancer.

Dr. Reesman explained with new advancements in technology, finding abnormalities is easier than ever with 3-D mammograms.

“It allows us to take the breast image in three dimensions and scroll through the breast, turn it, rotate it, go through the image in multiple directions and increase the likelihood of finding abnormality if there is one there,” Reesman said.

Reesman also said just because someone has no family history of cancer, it does not mean they will never get the disease.

“Cancer has no respect for you as a person, it doesn’t care who you are. Many people say I don’t have a family risk. But, the fact that you’re living, breathing and walking, so therefore you do have a risk for developing that kind of cancer,” Reesman explained. 

The American Cancer Society suggests women without a family history of women with breast cancer should begin getting mammograms yearly at the age of 45. Someone with a history of the disease should get testing 5 to 10 years earlier.

The Greenbrier Clinic will be hosting two events for women to get mammograms on Saturday, October 13, and October 20, 2018. For more information, visit The Greenbrier Clinic website.