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Oncology center offers free cancer screenings

Rocky Mountain Oncology, a cancer treatment facility with two locations in Casper and Lander, Wyoming, hosted a health fair and free cancer screening on July 16, reports the Casper Star-Tribune.

Screenings for breast cancer, as well as skin, prostate, head and neck cancers were held. The organization's goal is to promote early detection of these potentially deadly diseases.

"We organized the health fair in an effort to remind the community of the importance of good health and the necessity of regular cancer screenings," Dr. Robert Tobin, the facility's medical director, said in a media release.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), death rates due to breast cancer have declined rapidly since 1990, thanks in part to increased awareness about the importance of mammograms, regular self-breast exams and other early detection methods.

When breast cancer is diagnosed at a localized stage, before the cells have invaded another part of the body, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent, according to the ACS. Today, 60 percent of breast cancers are detected while in the localized stage.

The ACS suggests that women 40 or older with average risk for breast cancer receive a mammogram annually. Problems can arise when women get mammograms later than recommended or don't have these exams once a year because the check up decreases the likelihood of early detection.
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