Mesquite Cancer Help Society and Yoli Bell have invited the Mammovan to roll into Mesquite on Thursday, April 4, from 9 a.m. until 3:40 p.m. and again on Friday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. They will park themselves in the Mesquite Cancer Help Society Parking lot and wait for your arrival.

If there is one thing Bell knows, it’s that early detection is the key to fighting cancer and winning.

According to U.S. statistics, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2019 alone. They estimate that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime along with one in 883 men.

About 41,760 women in the United States are expected to die in 2019 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.

For women in the United States. breast cancer rates are higher than those of any other cancer besides lung cancer and a woman’s risk of getting it nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative, a mother, sister or daughter, who has been diagnosed with it. The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender and age; the risk increases as women get older.

“You are considered a cancer survivor the day you are diagnosed.  I am a 19-year breast cancer survivor.  Ladies! Celebrate your life in the present and what is to come in the future; we have been renewed,” Bell said. “Women need to know there are numerous types of cancers that you should be knowledgeable in. I hear comments from women who do not have a handle on their type of breast cancer, the stage nor the various terms used when preparing for treatments.  They are already overwhelmed and do not think to ask.  Some do not seek understanding about what to expect.  These factors are important because to understand usually means to find calm and direction.  It is your body and you are the ones who know it best and the ones to recognize if any abnormality exists. In order to minimize your time and stress make sure you have all your questions written down on a piece of paper – ready to present them to your doctor(s).”

Bell added, “Get that mammogram.  Comments, such as, ‘It doesn’t run in my family,’ ‘My home life is too busy,’ ‘I cannot afford it,’ ‘I work and cannot take time off,’ ‘I’m scared they might find something,’ to ‘I hear it’s too painful; are all invalid excuses.  The discomfort only lasts a couple of minutes and can give you great peace of mind knowing you are fine.  It can also be the difference between early detection or preventing something that could become much more serious.”

You can be sure that Bell knows what she’s talking about, and she’s committed to alleviating those excuses; she’s bringing the mountain to Mohammed.

For more information on the Mammovan and the Mesquite Cancer Help Society, visit their website at http://www.cancerhelpnv.com.