The Snake River Stampede Rodeo in Nampa is dedicated to helping Treasure Valley women pay for their mammograms.
The program is called “Stampede for the Cure” and the rodeo has raised $700,000 since 2006 for this important, life-saving effort in Treasure Valley.
- Each year it is estimated that over 266,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
- Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,550 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 480 will die each year.
- Idaho ranks 50th in the nation for screening.
- 82% of Idaho women will survive at least 5 years after diagnosis.
- General population survival rates 5 years after diagnosis is 90%.
- General population survival rates 10 years after diagnosis is 83%.
- The probability of developing breast cancer within the next 10 years:
- By age 20: 1 out of 1,985
- By age 30: 1 out of 229
- By age 40: 1 out of 52
- By age 50: 1 out of 43
- By age 60: 1 out of 29
- By age 70: 1 out of 15
- Lifetime: 1 out of 8
Every woman’s story is different.
Yet, that dreaded word “cancer” makes every woman’s story the same. More and more often the outcome is positive and a cure is possible especially in Treasure Valley where there are programs these women can turn to for help in early detection.
In spite of all the warnings throughout the media and from doctors, there are numerous reasons why a woman gets to mid life without ever having a mammogram. Maybe she procrastinates, maybe she is afraid of what she might find, or maybe she can’t afford it. Whatever the reason, many women find themselves in their mid to late forties without ever having a mammogram.
Women are urged to get yearly mammograms and to do self breast examinations. Although it’s an “in your face” warning, many women ignore it until it is too late. It has been proven that, with early detection, most of them can be completely cured.
If even one woman is saved through this free program, the rodeo directors feel all their efforts are worth it.
Dr. David Goff
If you or someone you know is in need, please take advantage of this important program…it’s free and it saves lives. Call 208-381-2095 to contact the St. Luke’s Breast Care Services Fund Office or call 208-288-4621 to contact the Saint Alphonsus Breast Care Services Funding Office.
Stampede for the Cure is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.