David W Ririe, MD

October 30th, 2017

Beyond Pink Ribbon Month

A pink ribbon along with a list of other cancers and their respective ribbon colorOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection, and treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with one of the many forms of breast cancer. Here in Idaho, breast cancer screening rates have been consistently lower than the national average. Through education and awareness, we hope to increase the number of women receiving screening mammograms so we can detect and diagnose cancers when they are most treatable.

As we wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is important to remember that cancer affects people’s lives 365 days of the year. There are more than 100 types of cancer. They are commonly named for the organs or tissues where the cancers form, but they also may be described by the type of cell that formed them. With each type of cancer there is a different colored ribbon; each ribbon is there to remind us that we need to continue to raise public awareness and draw attention to the many ongoing challenges of survivorship and to help promote the need for more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve quality of life for all those who have been touched by cancer.

Portneuf Cancer Center physicians have expertise in breast, lung, gastrointestinal, colorectal, gynecologic, urologic, orthopedic, prostate, skin, blood and liver cancers. Our interdisciplinary team brings together experts from different disciplines to deliver personalized therapies and treatments that follow published and acceptable treatment standards for cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment as established by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). The Network is a not-for-profit alliance of 27 of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care for cancer patients.

Portneuf Cancer Center delivers the same treatment therapies as all other NCCN affiliated Cancer Centers and we do so right here at home.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, we at Portneuf Cancer Center recognize and understand the importance of treating the whole person. A cancer diagnosis changes everything. Personalized, one-on-one care is important to ensure that each of our patients gets the information and resources they need. Each individual’s journey through cancer is unique; each page is filled with a story and each life is very special.

Our Cancer Center is fully accredited and provides a multidisciplinary, team-based, technologically advanced approach to care. Our program has been designed with you in mind so that we are able to provide clinical, diagnostic and support before, during and after treatment. To learn more about our center call 208-239-1720.