October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The best protection is early detection breast cancer

Did you know that nearly 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life?

Though there are a lot of variables involved in a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, one thing is certain: early detection saves lives. Yearly screenings (usually mammograms) can catch breast cancer early when it is usually much easier to treat. A mammogram is an x-ray of the chest, and is probably the most important tool that doctors have for screening, as well as diagnosis and evaluation of those who have had breast cancer.

The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, and it is recommended that women over 40 get yearly screenings. Younger women with a higher risk may decide with their doctors to begin screening earlier. All women should periodically self-check to feel for lumps or other abnormalities.

We know that life gets busy, but take time to schedule your mammogram now at the Gerrish Breast Care Center, and read on for more reasons you should get a yearly mammogram!

Why You Should Get a Yearly Mammogram

  • You may have no symptoms or a lump may be too small for you to feel, but could show up on a mammogram
  • Early detection reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more
  • Early detection also reduces the risk of mastectomy
  • It’s fast (~20 minutes) and discomfort is minimal for most women
  • It’s safe—modern mammography uses less radiation than a standard chest x-ray
  • 85% of breast cancer cases occur due to genetic mutations, rather than family history

3D Mammography at Anna Jaques Hospital

The Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital began offering 3D mammography in 2015. This technology is more accurate, allows for earlier detection, and gives fewer false alarms. These machines are available in their Newburyport, Amesbury, and Haverhill locations.

Sources and more information: breastcancer.org

Doing Our Part

Nearly everybody is affected in some way or another by breast cancer, especially in an industry that is predominantly women, and which clients are predominantly women. At INTERLOCKS, we are very invested in spreading breast cancer awareness, raising funds for better treatments and finding a cure, and encouraging yearly screenings.

Pink pumpkin painting party to ‘Pink Up the Port‘ (say that five times fast)!


Our pink pumpkins and lights on display!


Pink lipstick, pink hair extensions, and pink ribbon pins—check, check, and check!