The Lubbock area Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate hosted free breast screenings and mammograms from Saturday morning at Cavazos Middle School and experienced a record turnout. Over 100 women turned out to get screened and talk with doctors.
They left wearing t-shirts that read, "I am selfish for my health."
It's a motto that speaks to mothers especially, who often find themselves too busy taking care of their families to focus on their own health and get screened.
Rita Sintas knows that feeling all too well.
"It's important for me because I am a mom. Sometimes it's good to be selfish. You can't take care of anyone else if you don't take care of you," Sintas said. "They gave a demonstration earlier that was right on point. Cancer has no discrimination - age, race, it doesn't matter, so it's just important to come out."
According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2009, the most recent year data is available, 211,731 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer. Of that number, 40,676 died from the disease - about one in every five women.
Dr. Candy Arentz, Medical Director of the UMC Breast Cancer Center, was one of the physicians giving exams. She says it's important to get checked once a year beginning at age 40, or 35 if you have a family history of breast cancer. Arentz said the earlier cancer is detected, the better the chance of saving your life.
"Nobody wants to get a mammogram, but if it's a picture that's going to save your life that takes about 10 minutes to do, it's worth it," Arentz said. "That way, you have the years at the end of your life to be with your family."
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