Kay’s Power Play and Mammo Cup
In July, Comprehensive Cancer Centers and Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore announced they are taking their awareness and preventative measures to the next level. As part of the ceremony, a special Mammo Cup Patch was launched. Inspired by playoff patches that don the jerseys of the teams that fight their way to the Finals each year, the initiative strives to get as many Southern Nevada women to have their annual mammograms as possible. At designated locations and after completing their mammogram, any and all Southern Nevada women may receive a limited edition and specially designed Mammo Cup patch that they may don on their favorite Golden Knights jersey or keepsake. As part of the Mammo Cup patch program, anyone who completes their annual mammogram is a true champion.
Beginning on September 1, the Mammo Cup patch will be available at select locations throughout Southern Nevada including:
- Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital
- Desert Radiology
- Desert View Hospital
- Nevada Health Centers Mammovan
- Pueblo Medical Imaging
- Simon Med Imaging
- Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging
- Summerlin Hospital
*Quantities limited. Only available while supplies last.
Additionally, at the ceremony in July, another $100,000 donated was made to support Kay’s Power Play, a fund for Susan G. Komen Nevada named in memory of Kay Darlington, grandmother of Theodore and a breast cancer patient at Comprehensive. A $50,000 donation stemmed from Theodore as well as Comprehensive’s $500 per-point pledge based on Theodore’s points scored during the 2020-2021 season. An additional $50,000 was donated by the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, including funds generated from a jersey auction during the team’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer game.
Thus far, the Kay’s Power Play has supported nearly 150 Southern Nevadans, serving as a critical lifeline for those needing preventative resources like mammograms. Those most in-need – including the uninsured, underinsured, women who may have lost their job and patients under 40 years-old, whose mammograms are not covered by insurance – have tapped into “Kay’s Power Play” for financial assistance to stay one step ahead of a potentially life-altering diagnosis.
“We have witnessed firsthand that Shea’s passion for helping the Southern Nevada community is right up there with his passion on the ice,” said Jon Bilstein, CEO of Comprehensive. “In our efforts to help folks stay one step ahead of a cancer diagnosis, he is a valuable teammate. Kay’s Power Play will help enhance Nevada’s preventative landscape and, ultimately, save lives.”
Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
Comprehensive and Shea Theodore recommend self-ownership of care, including self-screening and regular tests to reduce risks. For breast cancer, regular screening improves the chance that breast cancer can be found and treated successfully at an early stage.
- Mammograms – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening mammography for women everyone to two years for women age 40 years and older. The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin having yearly mammograms by age 45, and they can change to having mammograms every other year beginning at age 55. The ACS indicates women should have the choice to start yearly mammogram screening as early as age 40 if they so desire.
- Clinical Breast Exams – women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam every three years, and women over the age of 40 should have the exam every year.
- Breast Self-Exams – women should begin to administer breast self-exams in their 20s. Any changes in their breast should be reported to a doctor immediately.
Treating Breast Cancer
One out of eight women will face breast cancer in her lifetime. This means that one out of eight wives, sisters, aunts, daughters and mothers will be stricken. When breast cancer strikes one of us, whole families suffer. This is why Comprehensive Cancer Centers offers medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and breast surgeons working together to provide the most current and effective treatment options to our breast care and breast cancer patients.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help
Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada provide a range of options for breast cancer treatment including radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and clinical research. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.
The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.