October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Wyoming Department of Health is trying to get more women in the cowboy state to have regular mammograms, meaning every one-to-two years.
Only about 67 percent of Wyoming women get mammograms, which is one of the lowest rates in the country. Carol Peterson with the Wyoming Department of Health says that’s probably partly because Wyoming is so rural.
G-E has launched a partnership that is intended to get more Wyoming women screened for breast cancer. It’s called the WY Women First Program, and G-E and its partners hope to increase screening for 25 thousand women in the state. Only 67-percent of Wyoming women currently get mammograms. The effort is being launched by G-E’s Healthy Imagination program. The program Vice President Michael Barber says for starters, they will use social media, notably Facebook to try and encourage women to get their exams.