BOISE -- Studies show that Idaho women get fewer mammograms than women in any other state.
However, with advancements in detection and treatment of breast cancer, everyone -- including Idahoans -- has a better chance to survive the disease.
"Ninety-eight percent of all (people with) breast cancer survive beyond the five year mark," said Jennifer Poole, the Mission Manager for Susan G. Komen for the Cure Idaho. "We are getting about 1,000 breast cancer survivors (in Idaho) every single year which is wonderful but we need to continue addressing those needs."
The latest statistics from 2009 show that 1,187 people were diagnosed with breast cancer in Idaho. Of that number, 1,002 survived.
Poole is a survivor. She says when a woman beats breast cancer, she then has to fight to establish a 'new normal' in her life.
"A lot of survivors think about this safety net when you are going through treatment. You're doctors are always checking on you, you have the medications," Poole said. "Then afterward, everything goes back to normal for everyone else, but it doesn't for you."
To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Treasure Valley Susan G. Komen office is celebrating survivors and helping them with the next part of the their journey.
On Saturday, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Idaho is also hosting the 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Symposium.
Here, women will get advice about life after cancer treatment. There will be several forums covering everything from exercise to relationships.
The symposium starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. Everyone is invited to attend. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 dollars at the door. To order tickets you can call 384-0013, or visit www.komenidaho.org.