Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) is joining facilities across the nation in promoting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October.
Each woman who receives a digital mammogram at CCMH during October will be given a small flashlight. In addition, there will be weekly drawings for door prizes.
CCMH utilizes a state-of-the-art digital mammography system. The system is among the most advanced screening tools available to identify cancers of the breast area early when they are most treatable.
"Once the image is on the computer, we can enhance or magnify it for further evaluation," said Brook Eggeling, Radiology Manager at Crawford County Memorial Hospital. "This capability helps reduce the patient's waiting time because we will know right away if we've achieved the image we were targeting."
Eggeling adds that the electronic manipulation of the digital image allows the subtle differences between normal and abnormal tissue to be more easily noted.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States (skin cancer is first). It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. Furthermore, the ACS states that the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8.
The best defense against breast cancer is to combine self breast examination, mammography and a yearly breast exam by your physician. A physician's order is not necessary before scheduling a mammogram at Crawford County Memorial Hospital; however, it is important to wait until you are due for your annual screening. The only exception to getting one less than 12 months apart is if you are experiencing problems.
To schedule your digital mammogram at Crawford County Memorial Hospital, call 265-2651