Written by Samantha Stanich, NEMHS
Northeast Montana Health Services will be partnering with the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede Committee and Mike’s Hard Lemonade to sponsor the annual “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event during the Thursday night rodeo at the 90th Wild Horse Stampede in Wolf Point.
“Tough Enough to Wear Pink” is ready to rope breast cancer to the ground and hog tie it in six seconds flat.
NEMHS is raising money to help support digital mammography in the radiology department at their Trinity campus.
Mike’s Hard Lemonade will be donating a dollar for every person who wears pink to Thursday night’s rodeo, which will go towards digital mammography.
“Tough Enough to Wear Pink” shirts can be purchased at Bryan’s and Hi-Line Sports as well as Thursday night at the Stampede grounds through Sew Dew It.
“Digital mammography gives higher contrast imaging for improved images of dense breast tissue and the image can be reversed from black to white to help detect anything out of the ordinary,” Kristi Iman said. Iman works at the Trinity campus and is a radiology technician (R) (M).
Northeast Montana Health Services was the first northeast Montana hospital to offer digital mammography, the most effective tool to detect breast cancer. Exam times for digital mammography are usually faster than traditional film-based exams as well as more efficient and require fewer retakes.
Statistics say that digital mammography is 5 to 80 percent more effective than standard film exams and the images give better visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line and chest wall, and in women with dense breast tissue.
Digital mammography alone is responsible for the increased number of cancers detected in patients with dense breasts that were not previously found using film screening.
The technology also provides a more enjoyable experience for patients while allowing the radiologists to retrieve an enhanced and accurate image to review on a monitor without needing to wait for film to process.
It is recommended that everyone over the age of 40 receive an annual mammogram.
NEMHS is also sponsoring an event for the local youth on Saturday during Art in the Park.
This event will take place at Sherman Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year, youth will have the opportunity to decorate a breast cancer t-shirt that they can save and wear next year at “Tough Enough to Wear Pink.”
Pictures will be taken to be displayed at the hospital.
Children will be asked to sign a health pledge and jump ropes will be given out to help jump-start an active lifestyle at an early age.
“Tough Enough to Wear Pink” is an event that has really grown in size and magnitude over the years and we are grateful for the willingness of the community to help make this event the success it has become. It’s inspiring to come to the rodeo Thursday night and see everyone wearing pink to show their support,” said Peg Norgaard, CEO of NEMHS.