Get a Mammogram
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her life; 70 percent of these women have no known risk factors for the disease. When found early, breast cancer is highly treatable and chances of survival are best.
- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women ages 50 to 74 have a mammogram every two years
- Women ages 40 to 49 should talk to their doctor and make an informed decision about whether mammography is appropriate based on their family history and general health
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that’s used to check for abnormalities in the breast tissue. Mammograms can help detect tumors or other cysts that may indicate the presence of breast cancer.
MOST HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS COVER LIFESAVING PREVENTATIVE TESTS. USE THE HEALTH BENEFITS YOU ARE ALREADY PAYING FOR TO GET SCREENED! As a community-based health center, HKH provides comprehensive primary and preventative healthcare to persons of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status.
Breast Health Program
Our Breast Health Program provides breast and cervical screenings and follow-up diagnostics for uninsured and under-insured women, and education and outreach in North Hawai’i communities. HKH receives funding from Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Hawaii and Hawaii Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program.
The mission of the program is to decrease deaths from breast cancer in North Hawai’i; decrease disparities in screening and treatment for uninsured women; increase the number of women who receive regular screenings, early diagnosis and treatment; and promote awareness of breast health, early detection and treatment. The programs support well-women exams for women ages 40-64, including physical exam, breast exam and pelvic exam with PAP Test. If a cancer is found women are then enrolled in the Hawaii Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program.
HKH also receives funding from the Hawaii State Department of Health, Office of Family Planning to insure all women and men have access to contraceptive services.
- Breast-feeding provides baby with custom-made antibodies
- Breast-feeding provides a feel-good hormone boost – Studies show breastfeeding, through the hormone oxytocin, helps baby see the world in friendlier terms. It helps calm them down, be more social, and feel safe. Bonding between a mother and a baby during breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact promotes oxytocin, the “love” hormone. 1
- Breast-feeding provides the perfect nutrients – Remember the recommendation that you should eat what’s in season? Your baby gets perfectly tailored food for all seasons. Your breast milk is more watery in the summer, and thicker and higher in fat during the cold months. Breast-feeding is the perfect way to keep baby hydrated, satiated, and never too far away from their source of food!
- Breast-feeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 2
- Breast-feeding your baby will give you a boost in self-esteem – Do the ups and downs caused by postpartum hormones plus an irregular and insufficient sleep schedule affect your mood? That’s one reason to hold your baby close and nurse them. 3
- Breast-feeding reduces the risk of cancer. 4 & 5
- Mastitis – If you are a nursing mother, spending more time topless may help you with breastfeeding. Letting your breasts air-dry after a nursing session can help heal cracked nipples. You may also reduce your risk of a mastitis infection of the breast ducts, resulting in swelling and redness. If left untreated, an abscess may form. Mastitis can develop when bacteria from your baby’s mouth gets into your breast through your nipple during breastfeeding. Allowing your breasts to spend time out in the air instead of wearing a restrictive bra with a milk pad that will get soaked with fluid and sit for an extended period of time can prevent infection. 6
Visit WebMD for more information on breast cancer and mammograms.