St. Mary's Medical Center has become the first and only hospital in Nevada to be nationally accredited as a breast cancer care center, according to MyNews4
, a northern Nevada NBC affiliate.
The announcement is great news for breast cancer patients who will not have to travel out of state for the care that they need.
"No one should have to leave the area for breast cancer treatment, it's phenomenal what they can do here," said breast cancer survivor, Sharon Knudson.
To be given the honor, St. Mary's had to pass 27 stringent national standards of accreditation. St. Mary's joins only 200 other United States hospitals who have been accredited for breast cancer care.
To celebrate this remarkable achievement, St. Mary's is also offering a special discount on mammograms through December 31st in an effort to preach the importance of regular breast screenings. For the people of Nevada, the accreditation is a source of pride and will improve the lives of breast cancer patients and survivors.
According to the American Cancer Society, over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors currently reside in the United States.