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At St. Claire Regional, Breast Cancer Awareness is about more than just a month — It’s about early detection and increased survival rates all year long!

Community news | Thursday, September 29, 2016

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 8. The good news is that breast cancer death rates have been declining as a result of early detection, better treatment options and lifestyle changes.

“While you may not have control over some breast cancer risk factors like family history, there are steps you can take toward prevention,” William Melahn, MD, St. Claire Regional Chief Medical Officer, says. “The best way to reduce your chances of getting breast cancer is to practice healthy habits, like limiting alcohol; not smoking; controlling your weight and being physically active; breastfeeding; and if applicable, limiting your dosage and duration of hormone therapy.”

Today, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. While there are no guaranteed methods of preventing breast cancer, finding and treating it in its earliest stages can lead to survival.

St. Claire Regional offers state-of-the-art breast cancer technology in a stress-free, tranquil environment

St. Claire Regional is accredited by the American College of Radiology in digital mammography. Our women’s imaging services provide the latest in digital mammogram technologies, using a computer-aided detection (CAD) system to improve the accuracy of mammogram readings. The CAD system performs over one billion calculations on every image, which greatly reduces the number of false-negative readings.

“Many women don’t get their regularly scheduled mammograms due to fear of discomfort and pain,” says Louise Lamb, RT, Women’s Imaging Manager. “We use biolucent mammopads to make sure our patients are as comfortable as possible. The biolucent mammopads create a warmer, softer surface against the mammography machine so there is little to no discomfort.”

Mammograms are covered by most health insurance programs, which means you can get a screening without any out-of-pocket costs. Talk to your SCR healthcare provider about when to start and how often to schedule a screening mammogram. To schedule a mammogram, call 606.783.7676, or toll-free at 877.515.7676.

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, St. Claire Regional Family Medical Supply is hosting our annual Go Pink event Thursday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. The first 100 women will receive a FREE Early Detection Leads to Survival Go Pink T-shirt! Everyone is invited to participate in FREE health screenings, including ankle brachial index, blood pressure, bone density, cholesterol, DermaScan and glucose. SCR healthcare providers will also be on-site offering breast cancer prevention education. For more information, visit our Facebook event page.

Every woman should make her own healthcare a priority

Many women spend so much time taking care of everyone else in their lives that they forget to look after their own needs. If this sounds familiar, you may be missing a perfect opportunity to take control of your health. Timely screenings with early detection, staying current with recommended vaccinations and a healthy lifestyle can add years to your life.

St. Claire Regional Women’s Imaging puts the unique healthcare needs of women first. In addition to screening mammograms, we also provide bone density testing (used to detect osteoporosis), breast ultrasounds and stereotactic breast biopsies. To learn more about St. Claire Regional Women’s Imaging and how we can help you prioritize your personal healthcare needs, visit