Community Spotlight: Mammography

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MINOT, N.D. - Breast Cancer Awareness month is almost over, but the fight to find a cure never ends.

About 1-in-8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of a lifetime.

It's the mammogram technicians' job to make sure it's caught early.

Other than lung cancer, breast cancer death rates are higher than any other cancer for women in the U.S, so for doctors and nurses, they want you to come in early and often to get screened.

"It's the hardest thing you tell somebody is that they have cancer. But also, I tell people, don't skip your mammogram because you don't want to know," says Family Nurse Practitioner , Sarah Baker.

They say when cancer is detected and caught early, it makes the job all worth it.

"I love it. The first woman I caught that came back, gave me a hug and said thank you. It really meant a lot. It makes you want to get the perfect pictures and get them going and on their way and get them healed," says Mammography Technician, Jen Lemon.

It's important for the technicians and practitioners to create to close bond with all patients

"And for my patients, I would say, 'come in because I need to talk to you about something.' That's not news that I like to give over the phone. I want to be with that patient and support them in that really difficult time," says Baker.

As soon as October arrives, it seems everything turns pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

"You see that pink and you think it's that time of year. The years come really fast, you know, women are super busy and they tend to take care of everybody else but themselves. So I think it's a great reminder to come in and get it done," says Lemon.

And it's working.

"With the increased amount of attention that Breast Cancer Awareness, over the years, has gotten over the past few years, we are getting more and more peopled screened. It's saving people's lives and there's no doubt in my mind that we are saving lives with early detection and treatment," says Baker.

Nurses recommend setting up a mammogram in your birth month so it's easier to remember.

Breast Cancer Awareness doesn't end with October, and it's easier to fight when it's caught early.