Race aims to raise money for breast cancer research
The Alaska Run for Women is one of the largest women's-only races in the country aiming to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.
"One out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime," said Dr. Heather Tauschek, with Imaging Associates. "It's something that affects all of us."
The technological advancements in screening and treatment have improved significantly over the past several years.
"I see women daily with advanced breast cancer that actually have their tumors melts away with chemotherapy," Dr. Tauscheck said. "So there have been significant improvements."
Improvements in screening such as the 3D technology; Dr. Tauscheck calls it a "game-changer" in the world of mammography adding it's very good for women with dense breast tissue.
"We find more invasive breast cancer and it decreases call-backs, patients we call-back for extra imaging that don't have anything abnormal," Dr. Tauscheck said.
The American College of Radiology recommends every woman get a mammogram every year, starting at the age of 40.
The run this weekend has raised a lot of money from people walking or running to support breast cancer. In the past 26 years, the Alaska Run for Women has raised $4.5 million.
"For a town of 300,000 people, to be able to draw almost 6,000 women to come out and support an event, it's incredible," said Kristin Folmer, former race director. "I think it's the spirit of the Alaskan people, spirit of women and sisterhood and you get to come out and make a difference in everybody's lives."
The Alaska Run for Women is Saturday, June 9 at the Sullivan Arena. It's free to sign up, with a suggested minimum donation of $25 or any amount of your choice.
Bib pick-ups are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 5 and 6 at the University Center.
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