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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:39


• Leader & Times

This Sunday, Meade District Hospital is hosting an event in honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to help raise money to help the hospital get new digital mammography  equipment.

MDH Mammography Supervisor Ladonna Trujillo said Sunday’s event, the  Breast Cancer Awareness 5K, which starts at 2 p.m., is only the beginning of raising money for the equipment.

“We know we aren’t going to get the full amount, but it’s just to get a small amount donated and have fun doing it,” she said.

Trujillo said in the last year, MDH has diagnosed two cases of breast cancer.

“I do my numbers from July to July, and we did 151 screening mammograms,” she said. “We diagnosed two cancers out of that 151 in the last year. In the last two years, we’ve diagnosed three.”

This is the hospital’s first 5K run, and Trujillo is hoping to continue the event.

“For right now, I’m hoping that within the next three years, we can go digital mammography,” she said. “Once we get there and purchase the equipment, the money that we raise will go towards that, of course, but we have a pretty good turnout for the 5K. We’re going to see how it goes and plan on doing it every year. After mammography equipment is purchased, we may turn it into something different like small projects.”

Some of those other projects may include equipment for MDH’s respiratory therapy department.

“They said they could use some stuff too that maybe gets put on  the backburner because maybe they feel it’s not as important as some of the other things that need to be purchased right away,” Trujillo said. “If we have these little fundraisers, it can make money to help in other areas down the road.”

While breast cancer cases can be diagnosed at the Meade hospital, Trujillo said they cannot  be treated there.

“They have to be sent elsewhere, and they’re  either sent to the cancer center in Dodge City or the  cancer center in Liberal,” she said. “Sometimes, people go up to Wichita, but I think they try to send them close by as long as they’re from our rural area. They either go to Liberal or Dodge City to the cancer center.”

Trujillo said having digital mammography would increase the number of exams MDH could do and the number of cases diagnosed.

“If we had digital mammography, our number of mammograms would increase, and therefore, with increasing the number of mammograms, it would possibly increase the number of cancers found,” she said. “There’s some doctors that send their patients elsewhere just because we do not have digital mammography. They might tell their patients they’d rather have them go to a facility that has digital mammography just depending on their breast tissue. They can get a better study if they have dense breast tissue with a digital mammogram. That’s why we’re wanting digital mammography so that we don’t lose those patients.”

Everyone can participate in Sunday’s 5K, which starts at Artesian Valley Health System at 510 E. Carthage in Meade.

“Walk, run or split up the race course as a team however you choose,” a post on the event’s Facebook page said.

Late entries will be accepted through race day by 2 p.m. Registration cost is $25. Pick up a registration form and race map at Meade District Hospital or Meade Rural Health Clinic.

The registration form and map can also be found in the discussion area of the event page on Facebook at “Meade District Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness 5K.”

“We would appreciate the business to help raise awareness and just to come out and have fun,” Trujillo said.

For more information, call 620-873-5589.




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