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Gallup going pink in October – Gallup Independent – October 6, 2012

Gallup going pink in October

Gallup Independent – October 6, 2012
By Bill Donovan

Independent correspondent

GALLUP — A local hospital is celebrating breast cancer awareness month by making it easier and less expensive for patients to get mammograms.

The Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services is offering mammogram screenings at a promotional rate of $75 throughout the month of October.

Ina Burmeister, a spokeswoman for the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital, said this is mainly for those who have no insurance or those who have insurance with high co-pays. The hospital charges varying fees for screenings, but Burmeister said this is substantially below the usual cost for such tests.

The only requirement to get the screening, she said, is a referral from the person’s primary doctor.

The hospital will also be holding two Saturday mammogram clinics on Oct. 13 and 20. The clinics will be open 8 a.m.-noon.

For more information on these screenings or to make an appointment, calls the hospital’s imaging department at (505) 863-7015.

The American Cancer Society recommends that all women age 40 and older should have a mammogram screening every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. The screenings are also recommended for men who are at high risk to get breast cancer as well. In 2011, more than 230,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer along with 2,140 men.

In that same year, 39,520 women and 450 died from breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

RMCHCS is also partnering with Clear Channel radio on several community breast cancer awareness events, beginning with a breast cancer walk at 2 p.m. Sunday. This free event will begin at the McKinley County Courthouse Plaza and will end up at the RMCHCS parking lot.

Gallup Goes Pink will take place Oct. 12 and Pink Night Out will take place Oct. 19 at the Coal Street Pub, beginning at 5 p.m.

This event will also include a contest for the craziest pink outfit.

Information: (505) 863 7283.