Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women (behind skin cancer). While the medical profession has made tremendous strides in the struggle against this disease during the last quarter century, the battle is far from over. An estimated one out of eight women who reach the age of 80 in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Del Sol Medical Center hosted a balloon release ceremony to honor patients and survivors. White balloons were released to honor patients who have lost their lives to breast cancer, and pink balloons were released to celebrate the lives of those who have survived.

Carol Dungan, a breast cancer patient and medical dosimetrist at the Del Sol Regional Oncology Center, served as a guest speaker. Working in radiation therapy, she understands the importance of regular screenings. After her annual mammogram this year, Dungan was diagnosed with a non-invasive cancer where abnormal cells develop in the breast duct. Soon, she’ll begin radiation therapy and doctors say—due to early detection—she has a very good prognosis. 

To schedule a mammogram and/or to learn more about the importance of breast screenings, please contact Del Sol Women’s Health Center at (915) 593-5108 or Las Palmas Women’s Health Center at (915) 521-1200.