Health Info & Resources for Seniors
Among autumn’s palette of golds, russets and browns, you’re likely to see a couple of colors that seem more appropriate for a baby shower: pink and blue.
Pink is the color associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month observed each October and blue is associated with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, each September.
“In October, the color pink is everywhere from football players socks to locks of hair to lights on buildings,” says Michele Giletto, Director, Women’s Imaging. “It’s a great reminder of the importance of breast imaging, such as mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI, in detecting cancer in its earliest, and most treatable, stage.”
The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin having yearly mammograms by age 45, and can having mammograms every other year beginning at age 55.
Joseph Russo, MD, St. Luke’s Chief of Women’s Imaging, says, “Women should continue to be screened for breast cancer as long as they are healthy. Furthermore, it’s important to select a screening site that offers advanced technology staffed by technicians and radiologists experienced in breast care. St. Luke’s offers an expert group of radiologists dedicated to reading mammograms, ultrasounds and MRIs of the breast.”