Saving Lives By The Numbers

I’ve attended several doctor appointments, dentist appointments, and other various check ups but never had a breast examination. I recently discovered that the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center is offering same day results for mammograms. I think this is a great idea because it raises awareness about breast cancer, but also gives women a peace of mind by having instant results before leaving the clinic. Breast cancer may not be a prevalent issue for young women, however an occasional mammogram should still be on your to do list.

I never knew what signs and symptoms to look for, but it’s just like anything else.. You may not be experiencing a tooth ache but it’s still important to attend regular check ups. The doctor found a small benign lump in my mother’s breast last summer and it scared me to death. Everything turned out fine because the lump was detected early but it left my mind racing and put into perspective how it’s vital to monitor your health. According to the U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics website, approximately fifteen percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family member with the disease. Even if your family doesn’t have any type of history with cancer, it’s important to be proactive. In addition, there were almost 40,000 deaths last year as a result of breast cancer. There may be scarce treatment options for some types of cancer but early detection always helps.

By participating in mammogram screenings and self-breast exams, women can catch the deadly disease before it’s too late. If you’d like to have a screening done, patients can receive a mammogram at the Breast Care Center from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. I’m all for a procedure that saves lives.


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