Our October Walk with a Doc sneaked in last Saturday, the spectacularly
sunny day before the temperature dropped and snow flew on Sunday! Over
85 people enjoyed a bright and clear morning's walk together around
scenic North Boulder Park.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, oncologist
Dr. Lori Jensen of
Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers shared tips for preventing breast cancer, and cancers overall.
Our bodies make cancerous cells daily, she explained, so anything we can
do to support our immune system is helpful. Research shows that regular
physical activity is one important way to maintain immune health.
She also urged the women walkers to make sure they schedule annual mammography
screenings> Boulder Community Health offers digital mammography and
tomosynthesis (3-D mammography that is recommended for patients with moderately
dense or very dense breast tissue) at four locations:
Boulder Medical Center (Boulder)
Community Medical Center (Lafayette)
Foothills Hospital (Boulder)
Medical Imaging Center (Broomfield)
Compared to 2-D mammography, 3-D mammography offers a 40% increase in detection
of invasive cancer and fewer “call backs” for further diagnostic
imaging. If you're not sure if you have dense breast tissue, ask your
doctor: Prior mammogram reports should note density. Tomosynthesis is
only available at our Foothills Hospital location.
Colorectal Cancer Alliance and
Gastroenterology of the Rockies also joined the event, offering goodies and health education on preventing
and screening for colorectal cancer. They also urged regular colonoscopy
screenings, as recommended by your primary care doctor.
If you've been putting off getting a colonoscopy, never fear! It's
truly not as uncomfortable as the exaggerated stories some people tell.
It's well worth the relief of getting knowledge about your health
and risk factors. You can schedule at Gastroenterology of the Rockies,
with three locations across Boulder Valley:
Please come out for the next Walk on Saturday, November 10 at Harlow Platts
Park (1360 Gillaspie Street in south Boulder) from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Neurologist
Dr. Alan Zacharias of
Associated Neurologists will discuss walking and brain health. Get the schedule and details: