BLACKFOOT — October is breast cancer awareness month. To showcase the importance of breast health, Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot sponsored Brake for Breakfast on Wednesday.
Three thousand breakfasts were prepared for distribution.
People were lined up in their cars before 7 to receive breakfast, a booklet about breast cancer, a pink pen, fingernail file and bookmark. All 3,000 breakfasts were given away by 8:30 in the morning.
Each carload of people also had opportunity to meet Dr. Rebecca Gill and Dr. Ricky Gardner. Gill is a general surgeon who specializes in breast cancer. Gardner specializes in family practice and obstetrics.
"I tell people that if a need to be up at 2 a.m., I may as well be delivering a baby," said Gardner.
Speaking of Brake for Breakfast, Dr. Gill said, "This is great. I get see so many people I know either because I know them as patients or know them in the community.
"We want to increase awareness of breast health," she said.
"Breast cancer can be detected early," said Dr. Gill. "Earlier breast cancer detection increases the chances to be cure it.
"That's why mammograms and getting women started with screenings is so important," Dr. Gill said. "Women should get a mammogram every year, starting at the age of 40.
Schedule the mammogram whatever date is easily remembered, she said. It can be during in her birthday month or in October, breast cancer awareness month.
Obesity in older women can cause breast cancer, said Dr. Gill. Breast cancer is on the increase probably because people are more aware to check for it.
If not taken care of, breast cancer can spread, she said. It will usually spread first into the lymph nodes and can progress into the brain or bones.
Dr. Gardner also emphasized that women should schedule a mammogram each year, starting at age 40.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," he said.
Free seminars during the month of October at Bingham Memorial Hospital are:
° Super Foods at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17. Adding super foods to your diet can help you each and maintain healthy weight-loss goals, boost your immune system, fight disease and help you live longer. To register this free seminar, please call 782-2866.
° Think Pink at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. This seminar is focused on providing information about breast cancer detraction, prevention and treatment. To register for this free seminar, please call 782-2866 or go to www.MyFreeSeminar.org 
° Weight-Loss Seminar at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23, at Gold's Gym in Pocatello, at 6 p.m. on Nov. 6, at Hampton Inn in Idaho Falls; and at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 at BMH Plaza classroom in Blackfoot. To attend this free seminar, please call 782-2925 or go to www.MyFreeSeminar.org .