Breast Cancer Awareness Month: It's All About You at Archbold in October

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: It’s All About You at Archbold in October

Monday, October 3, 2011

A wife, mother, daughter, sister or friend.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States, after skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 39,520 women are expected to die from the disease this year alone.

Thanks to improvements in treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

Screenings refer to tests and exams used to find a disease like cancer in people with or without any symptoms. The goal of screenings is to find cancer before it starts to cause symptoms. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances that treatment will work.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women in their 20’s and 30’s have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional preferably every three years. Starting at age 40, women should have a CBE by a health professional every year.

Breast self-examination (BSE) is also an option for women starting in their 20’s, and women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.

Radiologist Kelley Stafford Helquist, MD, recommends that women have their first mammogram (a baseline mammogram) between ages 35-40 or earlier based on clinical indicators or family history, and yearly after age 40 or as recommended by their physician.

“The use of mammograms, clinical breast exams and finding and reporting breast changes early offers women the best chance to reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer,” said Helquist. “A breast physical exam without a mammogram would miss the opportunity to detect many breast cancers that are too small for a woman or her doctor to feel but can be seen on mammograms.”

Studies show that screening mammography can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in women ages 40 to 74. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS) mammography is the best method available for early detection of breast cancer, and early detection is one of the most powerful tools in fighting breast cancer.

The Archbold Women’s Center –a spacious and comfortable, state-of-the-art facility—is equipped to meet the diagnostic needs of women in an environment designed with their comfort and privacy in mind. The facility’s breast imaging technologies include two digital mammography units, stereotactic and ultrasound biopsy equipment and two dedicated breast ultrasound units. Mammography images are reviewed immediately by one of Archbold’s eight, board-certified radiologists.

“We have served as the only full-service women’s imaging center in Thomas and surrounding counties for many years,” said Judy Murphy, RT (RM), supervisor at the Archbold Women’s Center. “What makes our Center unique is that if there is a suspected problem or if an area on the mammogram needs additional imaging, one of our on-site radiologists will be available to consult with the patient and answer any questions that they may have.”

“Another important advantage is that our radiologists have immediate access to patient records and original scans from previous years,” said Murphy. “This allows them to compare the current images to previous ones to better detect any changes in the breast. In addition, the staff at the Archbold Women’s Center works with the patient to quickly navigate them through the steps that follow a breast cancer diagnosis, such as scheduling appointments with a surgeon and oncologist.”h busy schedules by offering convenient mammography hours on Saturdays.

It’s All About You in October at the Archbold Women’s Center

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s “All about You” at the Archbold Women’s Center. Archbold will host a series of informative and fun events for women during the month October.

The Annual Survivor’s Standing Tall Fashion Show will take place on Tuesday, October 4, from 6–8 pm at Archbold Memorial Hospital in the Williams Auditorium located in the East Tower. Cancer survivors will model the latest fashions from local retailers. Dinner will be served and a Gregory K. Patterson, MD will serve as a guest speaker.

 On Tuesday, October 11, from 6–7:30 pm, Archbold will host a panel discussion titled, “Breast Cancer: Your Questions Answered.” Archbold physicians will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about breast cancer.

 It’s Ladies’ Night Out at the Archbold Women’s Center on Tuesday, October 18, from 5–7:30 pm. Women are invited to enjoy “Massages, Manicures and Mammograms”:  A complete ladies’ night including pampering, health information and mammograms. Please call ahead to make your reservation and mammogram appointment.

National Mammography Day will be recognized on Friday, October 21. All women are encouraged to wear pink, and to make a mammography appointment at the Archbold Women’s Center.

 The 4th Annual “Run for a Cure” Coach Beeson 5k Walk/Run will be held at Greenwood Plantation on Saturday, October 22, at 9 am. This event is sponsored by the Brookwood School Cross Country Team. Donations benefit the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center Resource Center.