October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor, we would like to invite you to schedule a mammogram at the new Comprehensive Breast Health Center within the Women’s Center for Life and Health, which will open in October 2012.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer (excluding skin cancers) in women, accounting for nearly one out of every three forms of cancer diagnosed in women in America. That’s why early detection of cancer and a breast healthy lifestyle are so important.
Sources disagree, but most say that women with an average risk of breast cancer should begin mammograms between the ages of 40 and 50. Women with a high risk may consider getting mammograms sooner. “A ‘risk factor’ is anything that increases your risk of developing breast cancer. Many of the most important risk factors for breast cancer are age, family history, and medical history. However, there are some risk factors you can control, such as weight, physical activity, and alcohol consumption,” says Dr. Nancy Taft, Breast Surgeon. “The most important thing is to see your doctor annually and practice early detection techniques such as breast self exams and regular mammograms.”
And now you can schedule your mammogram at the new Comprehensive Breast Health Center. This fully accredited program provides the latest technology and treatment approaches from an expert, caring medical team led by Dr. Taft. The Breast Health Center offers progressive screenings and quick and competitively priced diagnostic mammograms.
Some women avoid mammograms because they fear they will be painful, but Dr. Taft wants to clear up that myth: “A mammogram may feel awkward, but it isn’t painful. The compression only lasts for a few minutes and the pressure can be adjusted.” See more myths regarding proper breast health, and the reality explained by Dr. Taft.
The Comprehensive Breast Health Center is a part of The Women’s Center for Life and Health in the new West Pavilion at Little Company of Mary Hospital. The Women’s Center will provide women’s health care needs conveniently under one roof—from routine wellness exams and screenings to advanced diagnostic facilities for even the most critical health conditions. Join us to take a tour of the brand new West Pavilion at the Community Open House on October 14. Register for your tour today.
To learn more about the Comprehensive Breast Health Center, visit www.lcmh.org/BreastCancer. And remember to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month and be among the first to have a mammogram at the new Comprehensive Breast Health Center by calling 708-499-8550 to schedule your appointment.