Auburn Pink Out raises breast cancer awareness

The fourth annual event included all things pink, education, and most importantly, a mobile mammography center

Posted: May 17, 2018 6:11 PM
Updated: May 18, 2018 9:36 AM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT)- Early detection of breast cancer can make all the difference in a woman's life, but with busy schedules, getting regular mammograms or conducting self-exams sometimes gets pushed aside. That's why Auburn holds a Pink Out event to raise awareness.

The fourth annual event included all things pink, education, and most importantly, a mobile mammography center.

"It's kind of like this taboo that we've been brought up with, like don't talk about your body. And it's so important to be in touch and just understand how your body feels, how your body is, how your body operates, and if something doesn't feel normal, definitely get it checked out," said Jenn Gibson with DeKalb Health.

Gibson said mammograms are recommended for women over 40, but if you have a family history of breast cancer, you should get screenings at a younger age.

"It's not just this magical age when you're 40 you can be eligible for breast cancer. So, we recommend, go with your gut feeling as a female," she said.

Vickie Menck said she started getting mammograms several years ago.

"It's very important to me to make sure I don't have any growths," she said.

Menck was one of several women to be screened Thursday. The goal was to fill every spot, whether you have insurance or not. The mobile mammography screening only takes about 15 minutes, and doing self breast exams and regular mammograms could save your life.

"I grew up having them and I have them every year."

For more information on the mobile center, visit their website here.

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