SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – October 1 marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
St. Mark’s Hospital wasted no time observing the occasion with an event aiming at creating awareness about breast cancer screenings.
Doctors at St. Marks stress the importance of these screenings. They say breast cancer can be detected by a mammogram as much as 10 years before a lump can be felt, so you shouldn’t wait to get a mammogram until you find a lump.
Since 1994, St. Mark’s Hospital employees, patients, and their families have honored women and their breast cancer journeys with an annual ribbon tying event.
Attendees were invited to write the name of a loved one who has been affected by breast cancer and hang it on a tree. The trees are then displayed around the hospital’s campus for the duration of the month.
Breast cancer survivor Laura Seawright shared her journey at the event Monday. Laura first began her annual mammograms at age 40 and was diagnosed with breast cancer just over a year ago after her 50th birthday.
Doctors say because her cancer was found early, Laura received treatment and is doing well. She became so passionate about her breast cancer journey that she wanted to give back to others.
Laura became the breast health navigator for St. Mark’s Hospital and helps each patient through their journey and healing process.